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.