2019 Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration at The Wharf DC


WHAT: Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 2 PM to 6 PM

WHERE: Wharf DC, 690 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Let the good times roll! Get ready to catch some beads, dance in the streets, feast on festive food, and toast to our fireworks finale! Join us for our Mardi Gras celebration with a NOLA-inspired parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music at District Pier, activities and crafts for kids, and a fireworks finale that will light up the sky in purple, green, and gold!

For more details and specials from our retailers, visit our website: bit.ly/2So4QLq

The FREE Mardi Gras event is kid- and pet-friendly.

Can’t go to New Orleans? We’re celebrating Mardi Gras with a community-wide extravaganza featuring a spirited parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music from Junkyard Saints on District Pier, and a fireworks finale.

The parade will be set to the sounds of Batalá drumming and the Eastern High School Marching Band. Feast your eyes on custom-designed floats from our Wharf friends, restaurants, and retailers—including a float featuring the Washington Nationals and its president—along with dancers, mascots, hoopers, and stilt walkers.

Get special treats at your favorite neighborhood restaurants. We’ll also have activities and crafts for kids. And don’t forget to stop by Camp Wharf for Mardi Gras décor. So brush up on your bead-catching skills and get ready to party at the waterfront!

2:00pm – Event Start

3:00pm – Mardi Gras Parade

5:45pm – Fireworks Finale

Restaurant Specials:

Tiki TNT: Our head chef is from New Orleans, so we’ll serve special Mardi Gras food and drinks.

Praline Bakery: 10% off for guests in costume. $30 King Cakes (put in your order in advance or stop by on the day of, while supplies last).

Stay tuned for updates on The Wharf locales participating in the celebration.


Feb. 13, 2018
6pm – 8pm
Wharf Street, District Pier
Who needs New Orleans? We’re celebrating Fat Tuesday with a Wharf-wide extravaganza featuring a spirited parade along the waterfront, followed by a dance party on District Pier, and a fireworks finale. The parade will be set to the sounds of classic NOLA brass band music and feature custom-designed floats from our Wharf friends, restaurants, and retailers, along with high-flying balloons and, of course, bead tossing. Plus, festive food and drink will be available throughout the neighborhood at all your favorite hangouts in honor of Mardi Gras.

So brush up on your bead catching skills and get ready to party the night away!

6pm – 6:30pm – Mardi Gras Parade (starts at Seventh Street and travels along Wharf Street to District Pier)
6:30pm – 7:50pm – Dance Party at District Pier (21+ beer sales available)
7:50pm – 8pm – Fireworks Finale

A special shoutout to those participating in the parade: Anchor, Kaliwa, A Beautiful Closet Boutique, DC Row, Cantina Bambina, Pearl Street Warehouse, d/eleven, Bella Moda Salon & Spa, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Entertainment Cruises, Southwest BID, District Wharf Community Association, Capital Yacht Club, On Tap Magazine, Gangplank Marina, 525 Water Condominiums, Paul Public Charter School, Eastern High School’s Second Line Band, Batala Washington D.C., DuPont Brass, Washington Nationals’ Presidents, Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association, and LED Hula Hooping.

Also enjoy Mardi Gras specials at:
Pearl Street Warehouse, Union Stage, The Watering Hole, Kirwan’s Irish Pub, and Taylor Gourmet.


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