The 2017 Mardi Gras Parade and Ball!

The 2017 edition of the Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade and Ball is being assembled right now! Weather permitting* the Parade will start on Fat Tuesday, February 28,  at 7:00 PM at Wilson Blvd and N. Barton Street, and will continue up Wilson Boulevard, past Liberty Tavern and end on N. Irving Street.  If the weather is nice, thousands of people will gather along the route to watch the range of floats, bands, decorated vehicles and marchers.   It’s great fun, and you should enter your group or business or nonprofit in the parade. Seriously.  Everybody who participates loves it. Dogs and Horses and floats and decorated vehicles and music and dancers and marching groups…it’s a Clarendon tradition. Register for the Parade, or buy Mardi Gras Beads here.

Thanks to our friends at the Clarendon Ballroom, we’ll be holding the Second Annual Mardi Gras Ball. There will be live music, great food in the Fat Tuesday tradition, and beer, wine and punch. The Mardi Gras Ball is a ticketed event, which along with parade entry fees helps us defray our substantial parade expenses.  A portion of the proceeds from the Ball will be donated to our nonprofit partners, Arlington Independent Media, and WERA-FM 96.7 . Purchase Mardi Gras Ball Tickets here.  

Just for fun (since we’ve got the streets closed anyway) we’re adding the Jester Jaunt fun run immediately prior to the race start–a one-mile race starting near the Clarendon Ballroom, heading down Wilson Boulevard to the Parade start on N. Barton Street, with a U-turn at Cardinal Bank, then back up Wilson to the Ballroom.  (Oddly, that loop works out to exactly one mile)! Participants get beads, admission to the Ball, and a drink token.  This is not an “officially-timed” race, but we will have a big clock, and race-bibs–but we actually want you to dress up for Mardi Gras!  (Think DC Drag Race for inspiration).  The top-two runner outfits wins a cash prize at the Ball!  Register for the Jester Jaunt here.

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

*It’s a proven fact that sometimes weather prevents the parade from occurring.  We coordinate with Arlington Police to determine if it is safe to hold the parade, and if it’s not safe, we will cancel the Parade, and we won’t reschedule it.  Nor can we refund Parade entrance fees.  Instead, Parade registrants will have free admission to the Mardi Gras Ball on Parade day, if the Parade is cancelled due to weather.  The Ball will go on….and we want you to attend!

 

 

 

The Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade and Ball!

MardiGras2016_Logo_v1NOTICE: The Mardi Gras Parade is a GO! Staging starts at 5:30, and the parade rolls out at 7pm tonight!

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).

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!

OrderOrganizationActivityMusic?ParticipantsStaging Area
1Batala Washington
Marching group
Yes
20
1
2USPP Horse Mounted Unit/The HOOFS Fund
Group with animals
No
12 + 3 horses
1
3mix107.3
Car or truck
No
2
1
4whitlow's on wilson
Trailer-mounted float
Yes
20
1
5Arlington Food Assistance Center
Car or truck
No
20
1
6Clarendon Animal Care
Group with animals
No
10-151
7Arlington County's Car-Free Diet
Marching group
No
15
1
8Krewe of Xenia
Car or truck
Yes
15
1
9Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Group with animals
No
15
1
10Arlington Independent Media
Car or truck
No
10
1
11Mac's donuts
Car or truck
No
3-51
12Wylie Wagg
Group with animals
No
25
1
13Tinkus Tiataco USA
Other
Yes
50
1
14Reelect Libby Garvey for County Board
Marching group
No
10
1
15Time for a Walk
Group with animals
No
20
1
16Bakeshop
Car or truck
No
3-51
17Salay Pasion Bolivia USA
Marching band/musical group
Yes
30
2
18Clear Conscience
Car or truck
No
15
2
19Erik4Arlington Campaign CommitteeCar or truckYes152
20Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy
Marching group
No
5
2
21Owen family krewe
Trailer-mounted float
Don't know
18
2
22Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar
Other vehicles
Yes
10
2
23Weichert Arlington
Car or truckDon't know
Maybe 10
2
24CASUAL ADVENTURE
Car or truck
Don't know
10
3
25Burke & Herbert BankMarching group
No
10
3
26Ballou Band
Marching band/musical group
Yes
80
3
27LSU DC Alumni Chapter - Krewe of LSU
Marching group
No
40
3
28Garfield Park
Car or truck
Don't know
3
3
29THE Local Massage Therapist
Car or truck
No
5
3
30OuliMarching GroupNo84
31Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department
Other Vehicles
No
15
4
32Arlington County EMS
Other vehicles
No
8
4