Looking to celebrate with big costumes, delicious drinks, parades, and beads? These five D.C. locations have a Mardi Gras party to remember. 

Step into New Orleans without ever getting on a plane. We have compiled a list of five places that want to give you a Mardi Gras celebration you won't want to miss. Use this list as your guide to picking the party or parade that is right for you. 

Mardi Gras District Wharf

WHEN: Saturday, March 2 | 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Wharf St. District Pier | Washington, D.C.

To celebrate Fat Tuesday, the District Wharf is holding a festive parade set to the sounds of NOLA, a brass band. Vote for your favorite float as they roll down the pier by texting the number of your favorite float to 501-302-2125! Don't worry: they didn't forget the New Orleans-style food and drink, bead-tossing, dancing. and fireworks! For more information, check out their website!

Mardi Gras Extravaganza

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5 | 6-10 p.m.
WHERE: The Showroom | 1099 14th Street NW. Washington, D.C.

The Mardi Gras Extravaganza is about keeping to the real to the cuisine, cocktails, and musical culture of New Orleans. The best part? The proceeds from this event go to D.C. Central Kitchen, an organization that fights hunger in the greater D.C. area. This particular party is all about the food, so be sure to come hungry! For a $55 all-you-can-eat ticket, you get the experience 20+ of the D.C. area's best chefs and Southern-inspired restaurants. What to expect: top mixologists (best hurricane contest), bar and breweries, live music, and a costume contest. For more information, check out their website!

Check out their video from previous years!

Courtesy of Mardi Gras Extravaganza

Mardi Gras Masquerade

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5 | 7-11 p.m.
WHERE: Dupont Circle Hotel | 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20036

It would not be Mardi Gras without a masquerade ball. The Dupont Circle Hotel is holding a street Mardi Gras-themed party that you won't want to miss. There will be dancing, live music, and Southern-themed drinks and bites with an open bar! Dressing up for the event with an elegant mask is suggested but not required. You can join the party for $65-$100. For more information, check out the event here! (Note: The event is 21 and over.) 

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5 | 7-11 p.m.
WHERE: Clarendon Ballroom | 3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA

The city can't forget the kids, too. Clarendon Mardi Gras is the largest parade celebration in Washington, D.C. The parade features local groups, horses, floats, music, beads, and of course fun!  For more information, check out the event here!

Courtesy of Trip Savvy

Black Jack Mardi Gras Fest

WHEN: March 1-5 
WHERE: The Dupont Circle Hotel | 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW., Washington, D.C.

Gotta be honest, the deets on this five-day festival are a little unclear. See if you can figure it out on their website!

Which event are you most excited about? Have you celebrated Mardi Gras before? Tell us in the comments!


D.C. actually has a pop-up kitten lounge! Yes, please! Get all the details here!