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.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.