The Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade and Ball!



Tuesday, February 9th is the date for the 17th Annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade… and our First-Ever Mardi Gras Ball! Our parade starts at 7pm and is the largest in the DC area–we are expecting more than 30 entrants this year. The parade runs on Wilson Blvd from N. Barton St. to N. Irving St. The Mardi Gras Ball, which will be held from 7-11 pm at the Clarendon Ballroom is a ticketed event.

We have a great musical double bill planned. Yamomanem Jazz Band goes first, then comes 8 Ohms Band. Between sets, we plan to announce a King and Queen of the Ball. We’ll have traditional Louisiana food, and a variety of beverages. Parade participants can get discounted ball tickets, and for Parade participants with cars or floats, parking is available at the St. Charles Borromeo Church, one block from the Clarendon Ballroom. Proceeds help offset parade costs and also benefit St. Charles Church.

The Clarendon Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade is a family-friendly event, and it’s big fun. Thousands of local residents and visitors will line the parade route along Wilson Boulevard from North Barton Street to Washington Boulevard. Participating in the parade is a great way to have fun–participants can wear masks, dress completely inappropriately, and throw stuff at people. What’s not to like? (And it also happens to be a wonderful and inexpensive way to showcase your group, business, musical talents or whatever else, to cheering throngs).

The Parade registration deadline is now Wednesday, February 3rd.  Bead orders are closed.  Mardi Gras Ball Tickets can be purchased $20 each in advance, and will also be sold at the door for $25.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on February 9!h!  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Parade List for the Clarendon-Courthouse Parade on March 10, 2015

Welcome to the rescheduled Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade.  We have a great line-up of enthusiastic participants, so please come join us at 8pm on Wilson Blvd between N. Barton and N. Irving; catch some throws, dress up crazy, and in general, have a great time!  The list is below; the Staging Map is here.

Parade OrderCompany, Group, or Organization NameActivityStaging AreaMusic?Kids?
1Batala WashingtonMarching band/musical group1YesNo
2Key SchoolCar or truck1NoYes
3Clarendon Animal CareGroup with animals1NoNo
4Lola's LaboratoryMarching group1YesYes
5Glencarlyn Party Krewe / Ireland's Four CourtsTrailer-mounted float1NoYes
6TriVistaUSATrailer-mounted float1YesYes
8Krewe XeniaTrailer-mounted float1YesYes
9Krewe DeSeltzerMarching Group1NoNo
10Morenada Transpeco UsaCar or truck1YesYes
11Homeward Trails Animal RescueGroup with animals1NoYes
12Ballou HS Marching BandMarching Band2YesYes
13Clear ConscienceCar or truck2NoYes
14The Jim Moyer Circus ClubMarching group2YesYes
15"Bob Geier- 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile"Car or truck2NoNo
16Hard Times CafeCar or Truck2NoNo
17Yorktown YahoosTrailer-mounted float2YesNo
18The Big CheeseCar or truck3NoNo
19Washington Nationals Car or truck3NoNo
20Car-Free DietGroup with bikes3NoNo
21The HOOFS Fund/USPP Mounted UnitGroup with animals4NoNo
22whitlows on wilsonTrailer-mounted float4YesDon't know
23Red Top CabCar or truck5NoNo
24Astro Pop EventsTrailer-mounted float5YesNo
25Jimmy John'sCar or truck5NoNo
26ZaikaOther5YesDon't know
27Hensel PhelpsCar or truck5NoNo
28Mac's DonutsCar or truck5NoNo
29THE Local Massage Therapist, LLCCar or truck6NoNo
30Grunley ConstructionCar or truck6YesNo
31Cherrydale Volunteer Fire DepartmentOther vehicles6NoNo