Joyeaux Mardi Gras DC!

Laissez les bons temps roulez, mes amis! Today is “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras. Traditionally, this festive day just one day before “Ash Wednesday” (when Lent begins) is a time of endulgence, glutany, partying, celebration, and general debauchery. The home of Mardi Gras, “Nawlins” (New Orleans, Louisiana is world renowned for its grand scale (and by many participants, risque) Mardi Gras festivities, including a massive parade down Bourbon Street. Celebrants world-wide eat a traditioanl “King Cake”, a simple yellow cake decorated with green, purple and gold frosting and glitter hoping to be the first to discover the plastic baby baked inside. This honor includes being called the King or Queen of the day – and responsibility of providing the King Cake the following year!
Buzz Bakery in Alexandria (on Slaters Lane) is offering fresh home-made King Cake. You can’t go wrong with anything made my Chef Josh Short.

To celebrate, one not need to be in New Orleans. All you need is good food, fun drinks, and live music and … Just like Emeril says, “BAM!” You have a party! There are a variety of Mardi Gras celebrations in the DC area, big or small!
If you can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, head to DC’s Bourbon Street Bash at Rumors: Live music, drink specials, and party favors. Higher Hands headlines. Starts at 4 PM! $5 (1900 M St., NW)

What more appropriate place to celebrate than “Fat Tuesday’s“?! I myself have hooped it up in this very spot! Complete with bras hanging from the ceiling, enjoy Cajun bar eats and live music. There will be 10 bands for a grand fete starting at 3 PM. 10673 Braddock Rd. Fairfax, VA

Small neighborhood establishment, The Red Derby in Columbia Heights is hosting its second annual Mardi Gras party with $2.00 Hurricanes, the traditional beverage of Mardi Gras, festive party favors such as, beads and masks. Enjoy Louisiana-style live music with a band playing Zydeco, a form of folk music with Creole roots.

Celebrate “Fat Tuesday” by helping to feed the hungry at the First Annual Washington Mardi Gras Swing Dance Benefit, sponsored by the Universalist National Memorial Church. A $25 suggested donation goes to food missions here in Washington, DC and (one of my ancestors birth places) the Philippines. Get your groove on and dance to music by Fascinatin’ Rhythm and try your hand at swing dance lessons, starting at 8:00 PM. 

Sample traditional Creole and Cajun fare at Passion Food Group’s sister, Acadiana Restaurant. From 5:30 – 10:30 PM, a special four-course prix fixe menu (not for calorie counters!) and includes crawfish jambalaya and rabbit étouffée.  From 3:30pm-Close enjoy New Orleans Street Fare at the Bar including frog legs ($10), Louisiana Crawfish Bread ($4) and Basket of House-Made Cracklin’ ($2), Southern Sliders ($2 each) and Cajun Pop-Corn Shrimp ($5) $5 Specialty Cocktails: Category Five, Louisiana Tea, Basil Belle, Pimm’s Cup, Pontchartrain Punch and a selection of Wine. All 12 oz. Draft Beer only $4!

The Fish Market’s five-day Mardi Gras celebration starts today with a set by dc motors and continues through Saturday’s masquerade ball. A special menu features barbecue shrimp with grits and bacon, King Cake and flaming bananas foster.

Via CityShopGirl: Join in a caranval celebration at Urbana’s tonight!  The staff will be dressed in costume and masks; beads will be available for all, other festive touches include ice sculpture/luge and drag queens.  Guests in masquerade attire receive a complimentary Cava or prosecco, fear not masquerade face painting will be available too (if you get your face painted, get a glass of Cava or prosecco!)  Food and drink specials start at 4:00 and last all night, includes $5 menu items, available at the bar and lounge, $5 Cava or prosecco, $3 Peroni or Estrella beers and $1 oysters.
Urbana – Palomar Hotel- 2121 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037 http://www.urbanadc.com

Enjoy your day!

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