Mardi Gras Comes to Clarendon & Courthouse

by Dan Lesniak

mask-286284_640Life is about to get a bit more exciting along the Orange Line. February is Mardi Gras time. New Orleans, Rio, and Venice have their world famous celebrations. Not to be left out, we also have our own Mardi Gras extravaganza. This year marks the 17th annual Mardi Gras Parade set to be held on Tuesday, February 9th, weather permitting that is. The floats and parade bands, horse riders, and revelers will run along Wilson Blvd, between Barton and Irving streets in Clarendon and Courthouse. The annual parade is the largest one of its kind in our region, and this year is going to be even better with the first Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball.

The ball is a great idea since the last couple of years the parade has had to be postponed due to snow. The event organizer, Clarendon Alliance, has conspired with parade supporters to provide an indoor addition to the parade. This will be a great way to gather and celebrate after the floats have all gone by and beads have been thrown. Tickets for the ball are available through the event website. The ball will be held directly after the parade at Clarendon Ballroom. This is a family friendly event that will have plenty of traditional Louisiana foods and drinks, including Mardi Gras Punch. Live entertainment will be on hand with performances by Yamomanem Jazz Band and 8 Ohms Jazz Band. True to Mardi Gras style, there will also be a ball king and queen announced during the festivities as well.

Parade participants can get discounted tickets for the ball. Everyone who participates in the parade will be dressed in crazy and wild costumes and masks, following traditional Mardi Gras fun. Animal costumes are part of the parade tradition here in Arlington County, so we are excited to see just what kind of zany creatures will be parading on by. To join in the parade, you must register by February first. To get your own supply of Mardi Gras beads to throw at the parade participants and everyone else gathered around, you can order them in advance by January 25th. Both parade registrations and bead orders can also be done on the website. Mardi Gras is a time to let go and party it up with a festive atmosphere, so why not let loose for a bit and have some crazy fun right here in Arlington County?

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