Mardi Gras and More – NBC4 Washington


King cake, jazz, pearls: the good times are rolling in the Washington, DC area this weekend.

Mardi Gras is just around the corner on Tuesday, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate New Orleans style.

Bayou Bakery in Arlington let them bring the party home with their Mardi Gras Box. For $150, you can purchase a set that includes an unfrozen king cake, decorating supplies, a crime party game, beads, and more. That’s just the beginning of the festive menu – there are plenty of sweet treats and savory options too. Carnival orders must be placed 48 hours in advance.

(Are you wondering why king cake is such a big deal? The Dauphine’s chef told NBC Washington all about it.)

Although we are hundreds of miles away from New Orleans Mardi Gras, we can still participate in the celebration with one of its fundamental traditions. In this segment of Food Fare, we visit Dauphine’s in downtown DC for a slice of king pie.

It’s not a carnival without a parade – and the wharf in Southwest DC will have a Saturday at 3:00 p.m. There will be stilt walkers, floats and a Mardi Gras king and queen. Stay until 7pm for a dance party with music from the Naptown Brass Band, then fireworks at 6:30pm Here are all the details.

Calypso Sports Tavern in Reston will be hosting a party right on Lake Anne and offering free carnival masks and beads through Tuesday.

If you’re in Reston, stop by Nordic knot for a king cake pretzel.

Over in Loudoun County, it’s Samedi Gras Breaux vineyards. Owned by a family with Louisiana roots, Breaux offers live music and a special menu. Reservations are required for indoor seating, and purple, green, and gold attire is recommended.

The circus is in town and wants to bring more than just fun for the whole family. Omnium premieres at Tysons’ Capital One Hall this weekend, creating a place for people of all abilities to shine at the center of the ring. News4’s Tommy McFly got an exclusive first look.

More things to do in the DC area this weekend


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