calendar icon March 2, 2019
clock icon 2pm – 6pm

Can't go to New Orleans? We’re celebrating Mardi Gras with a community-wide extravaganza featuring a spirited parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music from Junkyard Saints on District Pier, and a fireworks finale.

The parade will be set to the sounds of Batalá drumming and the Eastern High School Marching Band. Feast your eyes on custom-designed floats from our Wharf friends, restaurants, and retailers—including a float featuring the Washington Nationals and its president—along with dancers, mascots, hoopers, and stilt walkers.

Get special treats at your favorite neighborhood restaurants. We’ll also have activities and crafts for kids. And don’t forget to stop by Camp Wharf for Mardi Gras décor. So brush up on your bead-catching skills and get ready to party at the waterfront!

2:00pm – Event Start

3:00pm – Mardi Gras Parade

5:45pm – Fireworks Finale

Restaurant Specials:

Tiki TNT: Our head chef is from New Orleans, so we’ll serve special Mardi Gras food and drinks.

Praline Bakery: 10% off for guests in costume. $30 King Cakes (put in your order in advance or stop by on the day of, while supplies last).

Stay tuned for updates on The Wharf locales participating in the celebration.

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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