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:
- Cantina Bambina
- Pearl Street Warehouse
- The Banks
- Capital Yacht Club
- Kirwan’s on the Wharf
- Make Offices
- Ben and Jerry’s
- La Vie
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!