calendar icon Feb. 13, 2018
clock icon 6pm – 8pm

Who needs New Orleans? We’re celebrating Fat Tuesday with a Wharf-wide extravaganza featuring a spirited parade along the waterfront, followed by a dance party on District Pier, and a fireworks finale. The parade will be set to the sounds of classic NOLA brass band music and feature custom-designed floats from our Wharf friends, restaurants, and retailers, along with high-flying balloons and, of course, bead tossing. Plus, festive food and drink will be available throughout the neighborhood at all your favorite hangouts in honor of Mardi Gras.

So brush up on your bead catching skills and get ready to party the night away!

6pm - 6:30pm – Mardi Gras Parade (starts at Seventh Street and travels along Wharf Street to District Pier)
6:30pm - 7:50pm – Dance Party at District Pier (21+ beer sales available)
7:50pm - 8pm – Fireworks Finale

Plus, during the parade, all spectators are invited to be judges, too! Vote for your favorite float as they roll down the waterfront (starting at 6pm) by texting the number of your favorite float to 501.302.2125. Floats designed by our tenants and friends of The Wharf will be numbered 1-16. Maximum two votes per phone. 

A special shoutout to those participating in the parade: Anchor, Kaliwa, A Beautiful Closet Boutique, DC Row, Cantina Bambina, Pearl Street Warehouse, d/eleven, Bella Moda Salon & Spa, Hank's Oyster Bar, Entertainment Cruises, Southwest BID, District Wharf Community Association, Capital Yacht Club, On Tap Magazine, Gangplank Marina, 525 Water Condominiums, Paul Public Charter School, Eastern High School's Second Line Band, Batala Washington D.C., DuPont Brass, Washington Nationals' Presidents, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association, and LED Hula Hooping.

Also enjoy Mardi Gras specials at:
Pearl Street Warehouse, Union Stage, The Watering Hole, Kirwan's Irish Pub, and Taylor Gourmet.

Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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