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Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Laissez les bons temps rouler: Mardi Gras in D.C.

It’s Fat Tuesday in D.C., and some Washingtonians drew from an old English tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras with pancakes.

Competitors loose control of their pancakes while racing during the Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, tradition at the National Cathedral Feb. 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Pancake racers use frying pans to flip a cake three times while running about 30 meters against fellow competitors. (Chip Somodevilla - GETTY IMAGES)

(The English call it Shrove Tuesday.)

If you’re swapping pancake batter for bourbon and going out tonight, choose your activity from Going Out Guide, then let the good times roll. More festivity photos from D.C. and Fat Tuesday epicenter New Orleans after the jump:

The Rev. Matthew Hanisian of St. Albans Parish holds the "Golden Fry Pan" and the "Golden Mrs. Butterworth" syrup bottle Feb. 21, 2012 after winning the annual Washington National Cathedral Pancake Race. (KAREN BLEIER - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

A young competitor loses his pancake while running his heat February 21, 2012 during the annual Washington National Cathedral Pancake Race in Washington, D.C. (KAREN BLEIER - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Robert Detrinis, and his wife Lenny Detrinis walks through the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Feb. 21, 2012. (Bill Haber - AP)

The Zulu Parade moves through the central business district of New Orleans, Feb. 21, 2012. (Bill Haber - AP)

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Tags:  holidays, mardi gras, fat tuesday, shrove tuesday

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