Rep. Cedric Richmond's (D-La.) office is decorated for Mardi Gras in the Cannon House Office Building.
• The Mystick Krewe of Louisianians will host its celebrated Mardi Gras parade at LIV Nightclub and RNR Bar & Lounge (11th and U Streets NW) at 8 p.m., amid a host of other activities. Food, music, beads, masks and prizes will be plentiful, and a costume contest will round out the night. Hours: 6:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Admission: $10 advance; $15 at the door.
• To the tunes of DJ Tektronics and DJ NV, the Lima Lounge (1401 K St. NW) will allow revelers ages 18 and older to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Those over 21 can enjoy $5 Stolis and Red Bulls and $3 Bud Lights. Hours: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission: $20; free passes available online.
• Live zydeco music, masks and beads get the party started at Red Derby (3718 14th St. NW), a Columbia Heights favorite. At $3, Red Derby’s hurricanes are the cheapest Louisiana favorite on this list. Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission: free.
• The 10th annual Bourbon Street Bash returns to Rumors (1900 M St. NW) with beads, masks, face painting and a New Orleans feast featuring red beans and rice, jambalaya and gumbo. The Higher Hands will play live music, and the bar will offer beat-the-clock drink specials on Coors Light and Blue Moon. If that isn’t enough, partyers can try their luck at a hot-wing-eating contest. Hours: 4 p.m. to midnight. Admission: $5 in advance.
• Start the night off at Town Tavern (2323 18th St. NW) for the Beads, Babes and Beers party with a $15 Keg-n-Eggs special until 7 p.m. Hurricanes are 2-for-1 all night, but after 7 the bar will sell $2 domestic bottles and mixed rail drinks. Starting at 10 p.m., it will offer $2 domestic pitchers, Jell-O shots and kamikazes. Whoever ends the nights with the most beads receives his bar tab free. Hours: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission: $5 after 7 p.m.
Focus on the Food
• At Acadiana (901 New York Ave. NW), diners can enjoy crawfish jambalaya and rabbit etouffee with a four-course $50 prix fixe menu in the dining room. The bar will have $5 specialty cocktails, including Category Five, Louisiana Tea, Basil Belle, Pimm’s Cup and Pontchartrain Punch. They’ll also have a host of New Orleans street fare, including house-made cracklin’ crawfish bread, popcorn shrimp and frog legs. Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission: free.
• Bayou (2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) will end a weeklong Mardi Gras celebration with another night of live music, $15 beer buckets and $5 hurricanes. Every Abita purchased gets revelers a raffle ticket and the chance to win a trip for four to New Orleans. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: free.
• Café Atlántico (405 Eighth St. NW) will host a special Brazilian Carnaval, offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $50. After a samba performance, ZezehBrazil will start a dance party at 9:30 p.m. Hours: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: free, but reservations are required.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.