The streets of Clarendon will be filled with floats, masks and beads — such as those tossed from the Whitlow’s on Wilson float — during the neighborhood’s annual Mardi Gras parade. (Joel Richardson for The Washington Post)
But if you’d like something a little more adult, some new Cajun-themed restaurants and old favorites are throwing Mardi Gras parties with live jazz and funk, gumbo, etouffee and king cake specials, spirited cocktails and even a crawfish-eating contest. We’ve complied our favorites into a list of Editors Picks.
And for everyone celebrating Shrove Tuesday as well as Fat Tuesday, we’ve got a list of the area’s best places for pancakes.
Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter