It might not have Bourbon Street, but DC has no shortage of ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Here are our top picks:
• Mardi Gras at District Wharf: Start the celebration early on Saturday with a waterfront parade featuring a brass band, festive floats and bead tossing. Stay for the dance party and fireworks finale. March 2, 2–6 p.m.
• Mardi Gras Extravaganza at The Showroom: The perfect way to indulge before Lent, this “all-you-can-eat-drink-and-dance” event will bring together the best of DC’s chefs, mixologists and live musicians. March 5, 6–10 p.m.