Road Closures for Tonight’s Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade

by ARLnow.com March 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm 2,487 13 Comments

In honor of Fat Tuesday, the Clarendon Alliance is holding its annual Mardi Gras parade tonight. (Although technically, it’s now a combined Mardi Gras/St. Patrick’s Day parade.)

The parade is scheduled to kick off at 8:00 p.m., but motorists may want to make note of some road closures that will take effect before the parade.

Wilson Boulevard will be closed from Veitch Street to Barton Street starting at 6:45 p.m. to allow parade floats to line up. Adams Street and Wayne Street will both be closed between Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard at 6:45 p.m., for the same reason.

At 7:30 p.m., Wilson will be blocked off along the parade route from Barton Street to Irving Street.

Adams and Wayne Streets will reopen at 8:00 p.m., while Wilson will reopen after the parade concludes, around 9:30 p.m.

In addition to the road closures, there will also be parking restrictions in the area, marked by temporary ‘no parking’ signs. County officials are encouraging parade-goers to take the Metro to Courthouse or Clarendon instead of driving.

  • Old_Arlington

    This is a horrible idea, but perhaps not as annoying the contrived neighborhood day parade. Arlington should relaunch it’s family friendly Independence Day parade, and move it to Wilson Blvd. The old parade route along George Mason Drive back in the 80s never drew the crowds.

    • borf


      • AllenB


  • Brandon C

    oookaaayy, and what exactly are the alternate routes for ART buses 41 and 77? Even WMATA put up a press release about the 4B and 38B detours: http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4859

  • JamesE

    I will be there with my open beverage and beads.

    • LyonSteve

      Do woman “response” to the beads?

      • borf

        Women will do anything for cheap plastic jewelry.

    • LyonSteve


  • LyonSteve

    Will the through streets be open or closed?

  • Hattie McDaniel

    I plan on liftin’ MY shirt.

    • Not Lyin’ Steve

      …and I’ll drop my pants.

  • Chris Hamilton
  • Ess-Dog

    The Arlington Mardi Gras parade is the most pathetic parade I’ve seen since I saw a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland. The highlight was four dudes riding Harleys through the streets of Dublin, which is pretty lame considering 4,000 Harleys ride down Route 50 for Rolling Thunder.


Subscribe to our mailing list