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Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade Two Weeks Away

by ARLnow.com February 7, 2012 at 11:30 am 5,797 15 Comments

Clarendon’s annual Mardi Gras parade is only two weeks away, and already some 30 groups have signed up to participate.

The parade — featuring homegrown floats, Mardi Gras beads, and people and animals in costume — will take place on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8:00 p.m. The parade route will take marchers up Wilson Boulevard from N. Barton Street to N. Irving Street.

Groups expected to participate this year include the Ballou High School Band, the Washington Nationals and the D.C. Rollergirls. The all-women, Afro-Brazilian/samba-reggae percussion band Batala Washington, meanwhile, will serve as the parade’s new drum corps.

Groups can still register to take part in the parade through next Tuesday, Feb. 14.

“Normally we have a lot of participants sign up at the last minute, so we know we’ll have a lot more entries by parade night,” said Matt Hussman, Executive Director of the Clarendon Alliance, which organizes the parade. “We think it is going to be a great parade, and we hope lots and lots of people come out to enjoy the spectacle.”

  • DarkHeart

    Actual Nationals, or just the Presidents?

  • G Clifford Prout

    Anybody going to be showing their junk in exchange for beads?

    • AllenB


      • CrystalMikey

        If the beads are nice enough. LOL

    • nunya

      depends on the size of your beads

      • G Clifford Prout

        I got some massive beads.

        • nunya

          my junk is quivering in anticipation

  • charlie

    will ArlNow have a snark filled float?

  • Arlingtonian

    I’ve actually never made it out to this thing … is it worth it?

    • Ballston Irish

      I’ve actually gone in year’s past and its a lot of fun. Better than I expected.

    • Clarendon

      It’s a very short parade (route and time). It attracts a mixture of young adults that intend to hit the bars after and a lot of families with small kids who like the excitement of the parade but that tend to go home after.

  • Zoning Victim

    DC Rollergirls rock. If you haven’t gone to see them, you should check it out; it’s a lot of fun.

    • OldTimer

      Kansas City Bomber (1972) with Raquel Welch. Awesome!

  • CarnavalBabe

    I can’t wait to see Batala Washington again! These women rock big time!

  • Maria

    Those beads better not get anywhere near my designer trash can!


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