Friday, February 12, 2010

Mardi Gras Party on H Street: Sunday, February 14, 2-6 pm UPDATE: Cancelled due to Weater


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


  1. This rocks!!! I recently moved to H St. and love the fact that there's going to be a party outside my door this weekend!

    By the way, if you need materials to build your float, I work at Community Forklift, the thrift store for building materials (We're about 10 minutes away, just outside the DC line in the Hyattsville area). We're having a Snow-verload Sale, with 50% off storewide - plus we have a huge pile of free lumber and free pallets. Directions are at

  2. Is this still definitely going on?

  3. That's what I was wondering too...hope so!

  4. Much to the dismay of the Atlas District businesses, we're not going to be able to have the Mardi Gras celebration outside.

    The snow banks got the best of the food vendors who couldn't get their equipment out of storage sheds, government office closures meant no permits for some things, plus supply and staffing problems at restaurants and bars sealed the doom.
    We didn't want to ask the jazz band's brass section to put metal instruments to their lips in 30 degree temperatures. Like licking the flagpole?
    The delivery truck with the Mardi Gras beads is lost in the slush somewhere.

    This shouldn't stop anybody from heading to H Street this weekend. The restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues are getting back to some semblance of normalcy. Gallery O on H has an exhibit of New Orleans outsider art. The Atlas has a great performance especially for kids.
    Make sure to thank them please for the extra effort they put into staying open - even on the very worst days this past week so we could get out of our houses, get a great meal, and have fun with other people from the neighborhood.

    Stay tuned for the next party on H. It won't be long. Intersections Festival. St. Patrick's Day. March Madness. And Opera is coming too.

  5. Thanks for the update!

  6. When is the next event? I missed this one!

  7. 4:36, we are in the middle of Intersections: a three weekend festival at the Atlas Theatre. It's the biggest and most impressive gathering of events at the Atlas to date.

    The full schedule for this three weekend festival is here and for more information you can read previews from the WP and me and I'll have more on the upcoming weekend of events up soon.