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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Let the Mardi Gras parties roll

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)
Today is Fat Tuesday, and it’s time to laissez bon temps rouler. If you’re looking for cheap drinks and beads a la Bourbon Street, it seems that every other bar is hosting a Mardi Gras party tonight. (The long-running Bourbon Street Bash at Rumors is one of the most popular.)

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.

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Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants

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