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Mardi Gras festivités

Celebrate Mardi Gras at two of the local Washington New Orleans style restaurants. On Tuesday, March 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., Acadiana (901 New York Ave. NW, 202/408-8848) will be the scene of an all-inclusive Mardi Gras party. $100 will give you access to all you can eat or drink during the four hour party. A live New Orleans style band will accompany the revels. Food includes boudin balls, frog legs, char broiled oysters, shrimp and grits, crawfish etouffee, a seafood station and a raw bar. Mini beignets, heavenly hash and pralines will be on hand as well. A bourbon tasting and martini bar will add to the festivities.

Across the Potomac at Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery (1515 N. Courthouse Rd., 703/243-2410) New Orleans native, Chef David Guas is inviting guests to the annual block party in the restaurant and out into a party tent in the street. The party lasts from 5 to 10 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday and features muffa-a-lottas, andouille and shrimp gumbo, and Rappahannock River oysters. Carnival costumes are welcome with prizes awarded throughout the evening.

The Bayou Bakery boogie float IV will be decked out and ready to cruise in the Mardi Gras parade at 8 p.m. The motto for the night is “if you can’t be in NOLA, then you must be in NOVA.” Call 703/243-2410 for ticket information.

Pearl Oyster Palace and Black Jack (1612 1`4th St. NW, 202/319-1612) will offer Mardi Gras specials on Tuesday, the 4th, including muffalletta po’ boy sandwiches and New Orleans style barbecue shrimp and grits. Mardi Gras king cakes will be available, as will Abita Brewing Company’s new spring beers. Hurricanes will be served from the frozen drink machine at Black Jack through the 4th for $7, and Sazeracs will be specially priced at $8 during happy hour at Black Jack.

Let the good times roll.