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.
3:00pm — Parade Begins Enjoy a spirited parade featuring stilt walkers, the Mardi Gras king and queen, and fantastic floats from your favorite Wharf neighborhood partners, including: Praline Bakery, Cantina Bambina, Pearl Street Warehouse, Bella Moda, Capital Yacht Club, Officina, Kaliwa, The Pitch at The Wharf, SW Soda Pop Shop, GLO30, and more.
4:30pm-7:00pm — Dance Party on District Pier The celebration continues on District Pier with a dance party and live music by the Naptown Brass Band. The District Pier Bar will serve Hurricanes made from Thrasher's Rum.
~6:30pm — Fireworks Salute When the sun sets, look to the sky for our big Mardi Gras fireworks finale! After the fireworks, the band will perform one final set.
There are many ways to get to The Wharf that are better than driving and parking. The parking garage at The Wharf will fill up before the event begins. Don't be part of traffic; be part of the solution. Learn more about Getting to The Wharf, including rideshare and taxis, the free Southwest Shuttle, Water Taxi, and Metro service updates. If you must drive, plan to park at one of the nearby parking garages: bit.ly/3pEABhp
*This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required to view the parade or enjoy the live music and activities. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.
*This event will take place rain or shine. Actual event times may vary pending parade progress.
*The parade begins at Market Pier (near District Doughnuts), proceeds down Wharf Street towards Recreation Pier, curves around 7th Street Park, and continues along Maine Avenue before ending in Blair Alley.