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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 02/22/2006

Countdown to Fat Tuesday

By Fritz Hahn

With a week to go until the start of Lent, it's time to begin gearing up for Fat Tuesday. We know not everyone wants to go Bourbon Street-crazy, so here are our suggestions for celebrating New Orleans-style, whether that means a lovely beignet or dancing to some hot zydeco. What are your ideas?

Food and Drink

If you're looking for ...

A Traditional Po'Boy: Breadline or Johnny's Half Shell
Beignets: DC Coast
Shrimp & Grits: Colorado Kitchen
Muffaletta: Evening Star Cafe
King Cake: Patisserie Poupon
Chicory Coffee: New Orleans Bistro
A Budget Menu: Louisiana Express
A Sazerac Cocktail: Acadiana

Music and Partying

If you're looking for a ...

Local Parade: Clarendon
Party for Bourbon Street Fans: Lulu's
Place to Buy Beads: Bruce Variety
Costume: Costumes Creative or Dancer
Jazz Jam: HR-57
Zydeco/Cajun Jam: Half Moon Bar-B-Que
Concert: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band with the Crawdaddies at the Birchmere or the Zydeco Mardi Gras with Roy Carrier and the Zydeco Night Rockers at Chick Hall's Surf Club.

-- The Gurus

By Fritz Hahn  | February 22, 2006; 12:53 PM ET
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Did you know about this Mardi Gras event? It is supposed to be great. Club FIVE, LatinFlava Productions, Primo Productions and joined forces to host a big Mardi Gras Party.
Here is the info:
Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras 2006)
Club FIVE 1214 18th Street, NW, WDC
3 Floors of Music
Doors Open at 5pm.

DJ Geometrix (Hip-Hop | R&B)
DJ Sammy (80's | 90's | Party Classics)

Rooftop Latin Lounge
DJ Manny (Latin | Reggaeton)

Ladies $5 B4 9:00pm | $10 After
Gents $15 All Night Long
21 and Over | Proper ID A Must

Midnight Cash Prizes for Most Beads Contest for the Ladies.

If you don't have beads...don't worry. We'll be selling them all night long!!! Wouldn't want you to miss out.

Posted by: Leila | February 22, 2006 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If you're looking just for a chicory fix, without trekking to Adams-Morgan, I think most of the Pho places in our area get theirs straight from Cafe Du Monde.

No disrespect to New Orleans Bistro, I love that place!!!!

Posted by: athea | February 23, 2006 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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