Snow will stop some good times from rolling on Mardi Gras

Ginger O'Brien throws beads from the Wilson's on Whitlow's float during the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade in 2011. Matt McClain/TWP
No beads will be tossed on Wilson Boulevard on Tuesday night. (2011 photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Today's snow is putting a damper on some Fat Tuesday plans. The Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade on Wilson Boulevard has been postponed due to "snow and ice along the parade route," according to the Clarendon Alliance, which organizes the annual community event.

A statement on the group's Web site says "We intend to reschedule the parade as soon as possible – possibly around St. Patrick’s Day ... But we need to consult with County officials before we can announce the new date."

Meanwhile, the brass-led Mardi Gras parade from Dupont Circle to the Bayou restaurant in Foggy Bottom has been canceled, though the restaurant's afternoon and night of live music, which includes Zachary Smith and the Dixie Power Trio and the Second Line Band, will go on as scheduled.

The snow won't be an issue for Arlington's Bayou Bakery, which still plans to hold a block party on North 15th Street at North Courthouse Road. Bayou rep Meg Malloy says the tents will be heated so the weather shouldn't keep revelers from eating oysters and po' boys while knocking back Abita beers and rum punch.

Check out our longer list of weatherproof Mardi Gras concerts and events.

Fritz Hahn has written about 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. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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