calendar icon Feb. 22, 2020
clock icon 4pm – 7pm
map marker icon District Pier

We're bringing New Orleans to DC! Come celebrate Mardi Gras with a free community-wide extravaganza featuring a lively parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music on District Pier, and a special fireworks finale.

4:00pm - Mardi Gras Parade

Come early and grab a front-row seat for this colorful and energetic celebration. The Mardi Gras parade is led by the all-women's drum corps Batalá, and features stilt walkers, Eastern High School's Blue and White Marching Machine, and the Mardi Gras king and queen. You will be awed with the fantastic floats from your favorite Wharf neighborhood partners, including:

The parade begins at Blair Alley (near Shake Shack), proceeds down Wharf Street towards Recreation Pier, curves around 7th Street Park, and continues along Maine Avenue before ending at District Square. 

5:30-7:00pm - Live Music on District Pier

Following the parade, head to District Pier where you can dance and sing along to live Cajun-Zydeco music from the Crawdaddies.

~6:30pm - Fireworks

When the sun sets, look to the sky for our big Mardi Gras fireworks finale!

Throughout the day, we'll have fun activites for all ages, including DC Lottery's amazing prize wheel, balloon animals, and crafts for kids.

This event is FREE and open to all ages. Arrive early to get a good viewing spot for the parade. You won't want to miss this unforgettable Mardi Gras 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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