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Registration Open for Mardi Gras Parade

by ARLnow.com January 9, 2013 at 10:30 am 1,165 30 Comments

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade 2012The 15th annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras parade is five weeks away, and registration is open for organizations and groups that want to march in the parade.

The parade — the largest in the D.C. area — will kick of at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and run up Wilson Boulevard from N. Barton Street to Washington Boulevard. The parade will be preceded by a pre-party at Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Road) at 5:00 p.m.

Those interested in participating in the parade or volunteering as a parade marshal can now register online.

“Participating in the parade is a great way to have fun — participants can wear masks, dress completely inappropriately, and throw stuff at people,” parade organizer Clarendon Alliance said on its website. “What’s not to like?”

Fifty organizations participated in the 2012 Mardi Gras parade and the Clarendon Alliance is hoping to attract even more participants this year.

  • drax

    “participants can wear masks, dress completely inappropriately, and throw stuff at people,”

    How’s that different from most nights in Clarendon?

    • Captain_Obvious

      people don’t wear masks most nights in Clarendon, except for Halloween.

      • Deadite

        The ladies wear so much makeup it counts as a mask.

      • drax

        They don’t? Oh, in that case, my joke is completely ruuuuuuuined!

    • Deadite

      **Paging ClarendonSkank**

  • MissKittenCat

    awwww yeah its about to go down! Time to get ready for this

  • Swamp Romp

    “Laissez les bon temps rouller!” & Show us yer…ehm…beads!

  • jjj

    last year’s mardi gras parade in clarendon had mostly kids and teens on floats and a lot of families in attendance – not exactly the wild night you may think. It was a little strange to have children throwing mardi gras beads and candy at you. There was a nice community feel to the event though.

    • drax

      Yes, a Tuesday night in Arlington, Virginia isn’t exactly the French Quarter.

      • KalashniKEV

        It’s Frat Tuesday.

        • WeiQiang

          nice one

    • JamesE

      I hope you earned those beads

      • KalashniKEV

        Irving to Hudson on Wilson is the “Adult Corner…”

        Flashing from the waist up is permitted provided you “opt out” of the law. Tejada told me.

        • drax

          No he didn’t.

          • KalashniKEV

            Yeah, he was up here downing a few cervezas the other night. I showed him how I used to get a good shine on my jump boots back in the day and he showed me his “Espejo Negro” technique. Man I wish I knew about that sooner…

      • Trev

        I got ur beads right HERE laaadies!

        • JamesE

          Tossing out beads from Goody’s

          • KalashniKEV

            Trev’s garlic necklace can also be used to ward away Vampires.

    • Clarendon

      Beads are cool, but I hope there is less candy being thrown (none preferably). I mean nobody catches it and then you are picking candy off the ground and eating ? Plus my dog sniffs it out the next morning and eats it wrapper and all.

      • ArlBro

        5 second rule, bro.

  • novasteve

    “Participating in the parade is a great way to have fun — participants can wear masks, dress completely inappropriately, and throw stuff at people,”

    Yeah, really great idea here in arlington. It’ll turn out to be a naked masturbating guy running around throwing his “produce” or molotov cocktails. Way to think this through, organizers.

    • Captain_Obvious

      Well that won’t happen if you decide to stay home that night…

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    • Josh S

      novasteve – under a rock for the last 100 years?
      Film at 11.

  • FED

    Someone at 2100 please tell everyone this is a family event.

  • Greg

    Leave it to Arlington to turn Mardi Gras into a family event.

    • krewe cut

      I was thinking the exact same thing!

    • Factoid

      For several years in the past, some LSU alumni participated in this parade with several floats. I remember them saying that the parade was a lot like the parades that occur in small towns all over Louisiana during Mardi Gras. The drunken, breast-flashing event is for the tourists.

  • KalashniKEV

    FireBum Leon will spinning a custom set at C-Ballroom starting at 9PM. Beats and influences include RockaBummy, PsychoBummy, and Hobo-Tonk. If you haven’t seen him on the one’s and two’s… he’s on FIRE. Bring your Nomex and get in for Free. It’s gonna be HOT!

  • nom de guerre

    Will pets be permitted at the parade?


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