Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade Date Set

by ARLnow.com January 25, 2011 at 8:37 am 2,901 49 Comments

Last year, the Clarendon Mardi Gras parade became a St. Patrick’s Day parade due to a snow-related postponement.

This year, the two holidays are close enough together that organizers are planning to make the parade a joint Mardi Gras/St. Patrick’s Day affair.

The Clarendon Mardi Gras/St. Pat’s parade will place take this year on Fat Tuesday, March 8. Further details are still in the works.

(St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, March 17.)

  • Show your tatas!

  • mehoo

    Combine it every year.

    • KalashniKEV

      Wow… I seriously dislike you so much. Two different holidays. Two different parades. Obviously.

      Laissez les bons temps rouler!

      • mehoo

        You have a point, Kev. Why not two parades? I still seriously dislike you too though.

        • KalashniKEV

          HA! Your opinions change with the winds.
          (assuming these are really your opinions) 🙂

          • mehoo

            It’s awesome that you find a way to bash me for agreeing with you, Kev. You must have alot of former friends.

          • KalashniKEV

            No, because I never had any to begin with.

  • Greg

    How long until this alarms the nation’s scientists? Can the earth really handle a critical mass of drunken frat boys?

    • CourthouseGuy

      We would have blackballed you anyway. Dont take out your surpressed anger from college (if you went).

      • Greg


        Nerves dun been struck!!!

  • Wow, another stereotypical “frat reference.” How novel/lame.

    • notahoo

      I’ll just go ahead and guess that you’ve never been to the Clarendon section of Arlington after about 9pm at night? I was pretty shocked myself after I moved to the area and walked to CVS one saturday night. I think it was the really long line of guys in jeans and golf shirts (yes and the novel popped collar) and young women not wearing sensible shoes waiting in a huge line to get into a sports bar that tipped me off regarding the serious issue of ex frat guy douchebaggery in Clarendon.

      • Kyle

        Funny thing is, as a former frat guy who lives in Arlington (and doesn’t wear popped collars or flip flops, as do none of my former frat guy friends), most of the types you see out at night in Clarendon in such situations A) are not former or current frat guys and B) don’t live anywhere near Arlington county. Half the people on any given weekend night in Arlington come in from Fairfax and Herndon or other places unknown.

        (Also, welcome to DC: douchebaggery in every way/shape/form runs rampant, from the “former frat guys” in Arlington to the hill staffers oversure of their own importance down in Cap Hill to the puffed up dbags hanging out at Smith Point.)

        • ArlBlueSky

          I agree. Many are not from the Clarendon area as evident by the traffic at the Metro and from the parking lots at closing time…

        • +1. Most of the collar popper, sandal wearing guys were NOT in fraternities. Nobody in mine did…

      • JamesE

        Probably Mister Days, which also doubles as a leper colony.

        • Radar

          Mister Days needs to go. It needs a major upgrade and the food is so generic.

      • Ummm, based on your expert demographic analysis, I am going to guess you’ve never lived in a city before? The type of people you describe are pretty much all of the DC metro area. No different here than any other city. And yes, I live 2 blocks over from the CVS you are talking about.

  • CrystalMikey

    Bayou Bakery needs to be all over this.

  • Westover

    What is with the hatered of the Greek System by all of the late comers to Arlington? All of my friends from growning up in the area were in Fraternities before returning to the area, and I would say all are positive contributors to the community, and have been since we returned. Sure we went out to party in the bars, but we also were the ones putting on fund raiser events at the bars to provide food for the poor and tutors for kids. I would say half those that you all lable as “Frat Boys” were probably not even in Fraternities. Get over it with your insults.

    • Winner

      Nice use of satire!!! (Either that or you went to college in the 1950s.)

      • KalashniKEV

        1950s was a good call… I was going to say State School fo’ sheaux…

        • mehoo

          What’s your alma mater, Kev?

    • GeorgeOrwell

      fortuantely my college banned frats due to their lack of decent community standards.
      it is a stereotype for a reason.

  • John Fontain

    All these comments about frats are ridiculous. The audience for these parades are typically 80 to 90 percent families with young children.

    • Clarenschnoodle

      This is true. The kids love the parade !

      • Matt

        And beer tents…

        • Kyle

          If you hate beer tents, you hate America. U-S-A! U-S-A!

        • GeorgeOrwell

          and tatas. what baby doesn’t?

        • KalashniKEV

          I envision the Clarendon Ballroom block to be like Canal Street- where it gets a little wilder and girls actually flash, and the Courthouse side to be more family oriented.

          • mehoo

            Clarendon Ballroom = Canal Street. Our party standards are pretty low. Much like our standards for hipsters.

            In any event, I usually bring my kids to the Clarendon Ballroom side.

    • Arlwhenever

      Right you are. The kids are goo-goo eyed. And try as I might, I’ve never spied ultimate debauchery along Wilson Blvd, not even on the IOTA float.

      • KalashniKEV

        That was before I moved into town…

  • Ballstonian

    Better than a bunch of hipsters.

    • Lalaland

      Sadly, Galaxy Hut and Iota will probably be participating in this years festivities.

      • KalashniKEV


        1) You guys have no clue what a “hipster” even is. If you brought a Williamsburg hipster to Clarendon they would probably either laugh or cry and then pedal their fixed gear back to someplace hip ASAP.

        2) Galaxy Hut is the best place. IOTA is the second best place. Please stay in Harry’s Tap Room though.

        • local

          Looks like somebody’s hanging out at hipster joints but pretending to be ironically unhip, which is about as hip as it gets.

  • Vinh An Nguyen

    That would be pretty funny to see the Clarendon Mardi Gras morph into a New Orleans (or better yet a Rio) version.

    • KalashniKEV

      All it takes is one person to serve as a catalyst. I’ll bet if ONE girl flashed her boobs in Spider Kelley’s tonight you could have 10 more do it in the next half hour.

      The whole “New Orleans/ Bourbon St.” or “Beads” or whatever gimmick is just an excuse…

      • mehoo

        See, I knew we had some common ground Kev.

      • Just offer a free drink to the first girl that will do it.

      • KalashniKEV

        Hooray for boobies!

  • Douchbaggerylol

    The comments/feedback on here are FAR better reading than the newsletter itself!!

    Thanks for the entertainment.

  • MC

    This should be held on Columbia Pike, not Clarendon. Nothing Latin in Clarendon at all, nothing not even Jamaican. A Clarendon Mardi Gras is about as authentic as a Clarendon Rap festival.

    • CrystalMikey

      Which would consist of “Arlington Rap” on infinite loop. 😛

    • Katie

      “Latin”? I think there’s confusion here vis-a-vis Mardi Gras (New Orleans, USA/French) vs. Carnival (Rio de Janiero, Brazilian).

      Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French. HTH.

      • Juanita de Talmas

        It’s the same celebration, just a different name.

        • KalashniKEV


        • mehoo



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