Let the good times roll! We may not be down in “the Big Easy,” but you still can get a taste of Mardi Gras in the metro Washington, DC, area! Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”) is a holiday that’s part of the carnival festivities that start after the Christian celebrations of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and end on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, when Lent season begins.
For many people, the carnival season is a time to let loose and feast before starting the Lenten fasts. But even those do not follow the religious traditions join in on the festivities of carnival season, especially on Fat Tuesday. If you can’t make it to New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; or other cities that celebrate in grand style, don’t worry, The Wharf in DC has a fun festival for you! On Saturday, March 2, 2019, The Wharf celebrates Mardi Gras along the DC waterfront, 2 pm through the evening.
The afternoon and evening event is kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and free to attend. The festival begins with a parade down Wharf Street featuring floats, dancers, mascots, stilt walkers, and more, and yes, you can catch colorful beads. Also featured is a dance party with live music, activities for crafts and kids, and restaurant specials, some of which include themed food and drinks. At 5:45, the event will wrap up with fireworks. See details on The Wharf’s website.