Closures for Mardi Gras Parade on Tuesday

by Katie Pyzyk February 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm 2,102 12 Comments

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade 2012Floats are getting prepped and beads are being gathered for Clarendon’s annual Mardi Gras parade next Tuesday, February 12.

Thousands of residents are expected to line Wilson Blvd from N. Barton Street to Washington Blvd, where the parade will travel starting at 8:00 p.m. Around 50 businesses, restaurants and organizations are slated to march in the parade.

Because of road closures and lack of parking, parade attendees are encouraged to use Metro. The Courthouse and Clarendon stations are located near the parade route.

Street parking in the area will be restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call 703-558-2222.

The following restrictions will be in effect:

  • Wilson Boulevard will be closed from Veitch Street to Barton Street 6:45-9:30 p.m.
  • Adams Street and Wayne Street will be closed between Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard from 6:45-9:30 p.m.
  • Wilson Boulevard will be closed from Barton Street to Irving Street from 7:45-9:30 p.m.
  • Courthouse Road at N. 15th Street — Bayou Bakery will be hosting a block party from 5:00-8:00 p.m., with setup beginning at 3:00 p.m. and cleanup ending at 10:00 p.m.

  • First Commenter

    First Comment!!!!!

  • Jake

    Cold titties on deck!

  • meh..

    When and why did Mardi Gras become an event celebrated in cities outside of New Orleans????

    • Clarendon

      It’s more appropriate to ask when mardi gras became so associated with New Orleans. The holiday derives from pagan/roman spring holidays from way back convolved with the christian lent in the 5th century and predates New Orleans. The term fat tuesday was first used in France in medieval times as the meat feast before lent. As the Catholic church’s influence spread so did the custom of the Mardi Gras feast celebration. In the New World, Montreal, Rio and New Orleans had the largest Mardi Gras celebrations. New Orleans probably allowed the most celebrating in the US so in the 60’s or so it started being known as the Mardi Gras place. The parading and celebrations remain prevalent across Louisiana.

    • New Orleanian

      Even today, Mardi Gras is heavily celebrated outside of New Orleans as well in places such as Birmingham and St. Louis. The entire season reflects ‘joie de vivre’ and isn’t an exclusive event, so join if you’re willing to stop being such a grouch!

  • Advanced Towing

    laissez les bon temps rouler!!

    • nbm

      Made my day.

  • L4Leather

    When we were in NO last time, we were told they knew all about our parade–evidently the biggest on the East Coast (all 20 minutes of it)!

  • Arl Dad

    Hey, for any of you who have attended in the past. Is it kid-safe? Or is it all drunks, beads and boobs? My kids are 9 and 11, so nothing goes over their heads anymore.

    Thanks in advance.

    • R. Griffon

      Totally kid-safe in my experience (last seen a couple years ago when mine were 4 and 5). FWIW, I’d recommend getting a spot farther towards the East of the route near Whole Foods as the older crowd (and drunks, if there are any at that hour) will tend to congregate closer to the bars to the West.

  • Arlmom

    A favorite with the kids!

  • nbm

    This isn’t the French Quarter…..most of the parades in NOLA are kid friendly as well.


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