calendar icon Feb. 26, 2022
clock icon 3pm – 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.

View a Map of the Parade Route

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 BakeryCantina BambinaPearl Street WarehouseBella ModaCapital Yacht ClubOfficinaKaliwaThe Pitch at The Wharf, SW Soda Pop ShopGLO30, 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:

Other Information

*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. 

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 on the 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 music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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