Rep. Cedric Richmond's (D-La.) office is decorated for Mardi Gras in the Cannon House Office Building.
Capitol Hill may not have the same reputation as Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but everyone in the area is getting ready to laissez les bon temps rouler for Mardi Gras tonight. Let loose on the cheap at one of the cityís favorite bars, dance the night away at a chic club or enjoy mouthwatering New Orleans fare at one of the areaís many fine restaurants. Not in the mood to go wild? Try a parade or pancake races instead.
All About the Drinks
• Bar 7 (1015 ½ Seventh St. NW) celebrates Mardi Gras with a host of happy hour specials and complimentary masks and beads. Wear purple, gold and green to get drink specials all night. Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission: free.
• The Bacardi and Bud Light girls will help BlackFinn (1601 I St. NW) ring in Mardi Gras with beads, samples and giveaways. In addition to lunch and dinner specials including chicken and sausage gumbo, the bar will serve $4 24-ounce Bud Lights and $5 Bacardi Rum Punch, Bacardi Hurricanes and Bacardi Rock Coconut. Hours: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission: free.
• Partyers can enter contests, raffles and giveaways at Dupont sports bar McFaddenís (2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). Burgers and shrimp and wing baskets are $5 all day, and the bar will serve $1 Bud Light drafts, $3 24-ounce Bud Light Mardi Gras cans, $3 imports and $5 bombs all night. Hours: 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Admission: free.
• Sign of the Whale (1825 M St. NW), the George Washington University favorite, is offering $5 hurricanes and prizes for whoever ends the night with the most beads. Hours: 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission: free.
• Nearest to the Capitol is the Ugly Mug (723 Eighth St. SE), which will offer music by DJ Strawberry Shortcake as well as $3 Captain Morgan Lime Bites, $4 Magic Hat Mardi Gras drafts and $5 Sailor Jerryís Hurricanes. Hours: 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission: free.
When You Need to Dance
• At Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.), the award-winning, D.C./Baltimore-based band Junkyard Saints will blend funk, swing, Latin, rhythm and blues, and Creole zydeco music in a raucous New Orleans-style concert. Partygoers with two left feet can relax in the Mezz Gallery overlooking the 3,000-square-foot dance floor. Admission includes free Mardi Gras beads and a complimentary slice of king cake from Heidelberg Bakery. Wine, beer and refreshments will be available at the bar. Hours: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission: $12 for students and seniors; $15 for general admission.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.