WHERE TO FIND MARDI GRAS PARTIES IN DC

Mardi Gras is almost here. And as they say in New Orleans, it’s a time to “laissez les bon temps rouler” for a night of eating, drinking, and cheer. Fat Tuesday falls on February 13 this year (yes, that’s the day before Valentine’s Day) and D.C. is always down for an excuse to party. So break out the beads and make a plan for a day of Louisiana-inspired cocktails, food, and music.

No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without a traditional king cake. The colorful and sweet cake is the favorite dessert for the occasion–just watch out for the small toy baby baked inside. Finding it in your slice is said to be good luck. WHERE TO FIND MARDI GRAS PARTIES IN DC

THIS MARYLAND GHOST TOWN WAS DESTROYED BY A HURRICANE (AND “WELFARE CAPITALISM”)

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Over the course of a little more than a decade, Daniels, Maryland, a picturesque former mill town less than an hour from DC, was utterly destroyed – first by an economic paradigm shift, and then by a freak weather event. Today, the ghost town is a mildly popular destination for eccentric explorers, ruin porn aficionados, and people who want to see what the rest of America will look like fifty years from now. Oops, did I say that out loud? THIS MARYLAND GHOST TOWN WAS DESTROYED BY A HURRICANE (AND “WELFARE CAPITALISM”)

“A fully detached house is rare in Georgetown.  In even the nicest rowhomes in this part of town, you can always just barely hear your neighbors through the walls, clinking their silver against their fine china and talking about capital gains or steel tariffs or whatever people talk about in Georgetown.  This detached Federal stands entirely alone, though, much like you did that one time your ex took you to their office Christmas party and then disappeared for like forty minutes.”

“A fully detached house is rare in Georgetown.  In even the nicest rowhomes in this part of town, you can always just barely hear your neighbors through the walls, clinking their silver against their fine china and talking about capital gains or steel tariffs or whatever people talk about in Georgetown.  This detached Federal stands entirely alone, though, much like you did that one time your ex took you to their office Christmas party and then disappeared for like forty minutes.”