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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Oct 19 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Amazing Scavenger…

Oct 19, 2017 - Jul 03, 2027
Turn New Orleans into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 19, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 19 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

East of the…

Oct 19, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

East of the…

Oct 19, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will present East of the Mississippi:… more

Heart of the House

Oct 19, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Houmas House Presents…

Oct 19 - 31, 2017
For the month of October, there will be a 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm haunted tour.… more

Jazz in the Park

Oct 19 - Nov 2, 2017
Jazz in the Park returns this fall running from September 14th to November… more

Lilith in Loa…

Oct 19, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

The Fountain Lounge…

Oct 19 - Nov 18, 2017
Join us for Amanda Ducorbier at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel.… more

The Historic New…

Oct 19 - 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

22nd Annual Pasta &…

Oct 20 - 20, 2017
Join us for an unforgettable evening ..Paris, Montmare, Cabaret, Can Can, and… more

Boo at the Zoo

Oct 20 - 28, 2017
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo Presented by Bryan… more

Concerts in the…

Oct 20 - 20, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's popular outdoor music series Concerts in… more

Golden State Warriors…

Oct 20 - 20, 2017
Come experience NBA basketball at its best as the Pelicans take on the NBA's… more

Magazine St. Art…

Oct 20, 2017
Magazine St. Art Market is a unique way to experience the best of our local… more

Oktoberfest NOLA

Oct 20 - 21, 2017
Cost $8 - children 12 and under free - tickets available at gate … more

Saenger Theatre…

Oct 20 - 28, 2017
Plan your escape to the new musical comedy getaway ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE!… more

The Fountain Lounge…

Oct 20 - Dec 29, 2017
Join us for Sam Kuslanr at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel. While… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Oct 19 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Mardi Gras Extravaganza


Media Contact:
Simone Rathlé
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po box 25723 washington, dc 20007
703.534.8100 direct phone

Mardi Gras Extravaganza [MGE] is the LARGEST indoor Mardi Gras Block Party to ever hit Washington, DC! Coming Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 5PM-10PM at Union Market's Dock 5, partygoers can indulge in an evening of continuous revelry and participate in the world-renowned tradition of celebrating Fat Tuesday. MGE will feature Southern-influenced street fare and cocktails from the area's top chefs and mixologists. DC Brau and Abita beer will be pouring all night to the tunes of live music while Costume Contests and a Hurricane Cocktail Competition unfolds. King cakes, beads and more surprises will up the revelry factor.

All this indulgence comes with a mission. MGE is more than an opportunity to celebrate Mardi Gras. The blowout event promotes the culture and traditions of New Orleans while raising funds for two nonprofits: Louisiana based St. Bernard Project and local DC Central Kitchen. [See more below.]

Surge into evening as the celebration picks up with a Hurricane Cocktail Contest and a Mardi Gras Costume Contest. Participating mixologists will shake up six different twists on this quintessential, tropical punch. Vote for your favorite and see who wins both the People's Choice and Guest Judge Panel categories. Go all out with costumes this year for a chance to take first, second or third place in the MGE Costume Contest. Winners get major bragging rights and a bejeweled trophy that rivals the coveted coconuts thrown from the famed NOLA Zulu Parade. Each handmade, one-of-a-kind beaded bottle trophy will be designed by one of the following co-founders and chairs of MGE:


  • David Guas: New Orleans native, former host of Travel Channel's "American Grilled," celebrity chef and owner of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery
  • Spike Mendelsohn: celebrity chef, Bravo's "Top Chef" Season 4 contestant, chef / restaurateur of Béarnaise and Sunnyside Restaurant Group
  • Micheline Mendelsohn Luhn: Deputy CEO of Sunnyside Restaurant Group
  • Gina Chersevani: Mixtress / owner Buffalo & Bergen and Suburbia; annual participant in Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans


Acadiana; Bar PX; Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery; Béarnaise; Buffalo & Bergen; Evening Star; Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.; Oohh's & Aahh's; Puddin' DC; Rappahannock Oyster Bar; Republic Kolache; Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company; Southern Efficiency, Tchoup's Market; The BBQ Joint; The Source.

PAY ONE PRICE and receive whatever you like to drink and eat all night while listening to LIVE BANDS performing throughout the entire five-hour event. The first 100 pre-sale tickets will be $65. Regular ticket prices will be $75 per person. Visit the official Mardi Gras Extravaganza website for tickets and additional information: A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

Follow Mardi Gras Extravaganza on Facebook and Instagram [@MardiGrasExtravaganza] or on Twitter [@MGE_DC]. Join the conversation using #MGEDC2017!

Abita Brewing Company

A Louisiana-based state-of-the-art brewery with over 151,000 barrels of beer with 22 offerings from ales to stouts, nearly 10,000 barrels of rootbeer, and 5 sodas.

DC Brau Brewing Company
A DC-based brewing company offering a selection of 16 beers brewed within the city limits and available throughout the region. The beers represent a delicious and uniquely American blend of North American and European techniques and ingredients.

DC Central Kitchen - [see below]

Effin Vodka
A premium vodka known for its smooth, clean crisp flavor. Effin offers six exceptional vodkas that are continuously distilled and made with all-natural ingredients - the perfect base for mixing cocktails or drinking straight.

Jim Beam
The number one selling Kentucky Bourbon, has been a celebrated spirit and American class for over 200 years. All Jim Beam Whiskeys are held to the highest standard - distilled twice and aged for at least four years.

DC Central Kitchen, Washington, DC: An organization that fights hunger differently. It is a nonprofit developer of innovative social ventures that break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Michael Curtin, Jr, Chief Executive Officer, is a recipient of the 2010 Gelman, Rosenberg + Freedman EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership and the Bicentennial Medal from his alma mater, Williams College, the highest honor the college bestows on its alumni. Under Curtin's guidance, he established DC Central Kitchen's Nutrition Lab that employs over 130 people in the expanded social service program. DC Central Kitchen's Fresh Start Catering has expanded to allow catering contracts that provide locally sourced, scratched-cooked meals to schools across Washington, DC.

St. Bernard Project, New Orleans: Founders / husband and wife Zack Rosenberg, former fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center and Liz McCartney, a 2008 CNN Hero of the Year, joined forces to create a nonprofit after the devastation of hurricane Katrina. SBP's mission is to shrink the time between disaster and full recovery by ensuring that impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. Since its founding in 2006 - in St. Bernard Parish, LA - following Hurricane Katrina, SBP has directly rebuilt homes for more than 1,170 families with the help of 150,000 volunteers across seven states.