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Mardi Gras Madness Takes Over in D.C.

Douglas Graham
Rep. Cedric Richmond's (D-La.) office is decorated for Mardi Gras in the Cannon House Office Building.

• D.C.-area jazz quartet Laissez-Foure will take the stage at six at Central Michel Richard (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). Along with seasonal beads and holiday decor, the restaurant will offer specialty menu items such as fried oysters with caviar Creole remoulade, Rose’s gumbo, trout po’ boy and beignets. The restaurant will also serve Crescent City cocktails, such as Sazeracs, Vieux Carres, Cyclones, Hurricanes and Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Co.’s Mardi Gras Bock Ale. Hours: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission: free. 

Fish Market (105 King St., Old Town Alexandria, Va.) will host its Fat Tuesday Blowout Bash to the live sounds of DC Motors. In addition to a menu of seafood gumbo, steamed catfish, jambalaya, shrimp etouffee and fried catfish po’ boys, the restaurant will sell Mardi Gras masks to benefit research on multiple sclerosis. Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission: free.

• For its grand Venetian Carnevale, La Tomate Italian Bistro (1701 Connecticut Ave. NW) will offer Venetian aperitivo, a prosciutto bar, entertainment and a four-course traditional Venetian meal by Chef Vincenzo Belvito. His menu features scallops, wild-boar sausage, baked baby artichokes, veal liver, duck breast and traditional Carnevale desserts. Access to the bar, with $5 specialty cocktails, is free. The bistro will also award prizes to the most authentic and elaborate masks, to be judged by a panel of prominent Italian-Americans. Hours: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission: $75 tickets available online. 

The Fun Continues 

• To the tunes of Mike Flaherty’s Dixieland Direct Jazz Band, the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St. NW) will host a street procession and crown a king and queen of Mardi Gras. It will also serve jambalaya, red beans and rice, and king cake with a cash bar. Hours: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission: $15 for adults; $5 for children under 12. RSVP at 202-347-2635.

• Thanks to the Snowpocalypse, last year’s Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade (on Baron Street toward Highland Street and Clarendon Circle) was held on St. Patrick’s Day. Recognizing the merits and realizing how close the two holidays fall on this year’s calendar, organizers decided to throw a joint parade again this spring. The parade features a strange mix of New Orleans and Ireland-themed floats, live music, beads and animals in costumes. Hours: Starts at 8 p.m. Admission: free. 

• Dance the night away at the Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (7300
MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.) to the sounds of Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners. After a zydeco dance lesson, cut a rug with revelers of all ages. The party will also offer beads and door prizes. Hours: dance lessons at 8 p.m.; dancing from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission: $15.

• Inspired by Mardi Gras, the Law Library of Congress (Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE) will preview “Father Chief Justice,” a play by Louisiana State University law professor Paul Baier about the Supreme Court’s ninth chief justice, Edward Douglass White. Audiences can experience a “veritable New Orleans-style jazz funeral” and see Cpt. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. face death in the Valley of Antietam or White deliver his “Voice of the Fireside” at the Willard Hotel. Hours: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission: free, but RSVP to Tynesha Adams at 202-707-5065.

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