Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Thousands came out for Clarendon's annual Mardi Gras Parade.
Arlington celebrated Fat Tuesday in what's become an annual tradition in Clarendon. Thousands came out for Clarendon's annual Mardi Gras Parade. Matt Hussmann — executive director of the Clarendon Alliance, which puts on the event — said he thought the crowd was as good or better than last year's estimate of 3,000. At times, the crowd drifted so far into the street near Wilson and Edgewood that the parade had to squeeze through. Participants said they gave out more beads this year than last. "Well, I thought it was fun," Hussmann told Patch. "I thought the crowd was great. I thought the groups were great. There was a lot of energy. The weather was nice. So, we're happy. And from what I've heard — and I imagine I'll be hearing a lot more …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Parking will be very, very limited in the Clarendon and Court House neighborhoods for Tuesday night's Mardi Gras 2013 celebration.
Arlington officials are strongly encouraging people coming to the Clarendon Mardi Gras celebration to take Metro. The best Metro stops to use are the Clarendon and Courthouse Metro stations. Street parking will be restricted and very limited on many streets in the area, so pay attention to posted signs. Cars parked illegally will be towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call 703-558-2222. In addition to those road closures, parking will be limited and restricted on roads outside the immediate celebration area. More on the celebration: Your Clarendon-Court House Mardi Gras Guide Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade Founders Celebrate 15 Years
Monday, February 11, 2013
Siblings Rebecca and David Tax started the parade 15 years ago before moving to Falls Church.
Former Clarendon business owners Rebecca and David Tax know how to have a good time — and 15 years ago, they stepped out on a limb and started something that still draws quite a crowd to the neighborhood. The 15th Annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade has grown substantially from the 10 floats it had in its inaugural year and has become a big deal for the entire region. This year’s parade at 8 p.m. on Tuesday is expected to be the biggest yet. “We were trying to promote the restaurants in the area and we thought it would be fun,” David Tax said recently inside the Falls Church restaurant he runs with his sister, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. More than 40 exhibitors are expected to participate. Matt Hussmann, director of the …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Mardi Gras parade on Wilson Boulevard is Tuesday evening.
The 15th Annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade comes back to the area Tuesday evening. The free parade evokes the spirit of New Orleans with nearly 50 floats from the Arlington community, including entries from Arlington County Fire and Rescue and the Arlington Food Assistance Center. See: Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade Founders Celebrate 15th Anniversary The Batala Washington marching drum band leads the parade and the Ballou High School Marching Band, fresh off their performance at the Presidential Inauguration Parade, are also scheduled to perform. "It’s a nice community festival with just a broad range of participants," said Matt Hussmann, head of the Clarendon Alliance. "It shows the diversity of Clarendon." The parade itself, …