UPDATE: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER, BUT H STREET WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS WEEKEND AS SUPPLIES ARE BEING DELIVERED NOW.
The First Annual Mardi Gras Celebration on H Street!
Music, food, floats, beads, King Cake, and Second Line up and down H St on Sunday, February 12, from 2 - 6pm.
The party will get started at 12th & H Street in the lot on the south side of the street. Celebrity Chef and H Street's own Teddy Folkman of Dr. Granville Moore's, Throwndown with Bobby Flay, and Next Food Network Star fame will prepare an enormous King Cake. Proceeds from each piece of cake will be donated to the Haiti Relief Fund. Those whose piece of cake includes a small plastic baby can pull a prize from the prize jar, which will feature gift certificates contributed by various popular H Street merchants. Adults, families, and children of all ages are welcome to come for 5 minutes or 5 hours as admission is free.
Yamomanem, the well-regarded New Orleans Jazz Band who has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center (where they will perform for Fat Tuesday) and other notable venues, will perform their signature calypso/reggae-style jazz and will march through the H Street entertainment district doing Second Line.
Among the varied H Street food vendors who will be on site are: nearly open Dangerously Delicious Pies, Smokey of Smokey's Barbershop with his famous BBQ ribs, Aaron McGovern of the soon-to-open Biergarten Haus offering german sausages, and Taste of Jamaica.
H Street merchants will be offering a variety of specials that day, including free golf for children at H Street Country Club, shows all day starting at 11 am at Rock and Roll Hotel, a full menu all day at the Argonaut, expected to feature shrimp boil and possibly crawfish, and more.
Gallery O will be open at showcasing New Orleans Art.
Float participants are being solicited, so if you are interested in decorating your pickup or have another suitable vehicle for the celebration, contact event organizer and neighborhood resident Margaret Holwill at firstname.lastname@example.org