Miss Mardi Gras? Who cares? We have our very own Carnival right here in DC – the DC Caribbean Carnival, that is!

Starting with a raucous parade this Saturday, with some 20 bands, crazy costumes, and a huge crowd of partyers, this weekend is billed as “2 Big Days of Bacchanal” and should be a hell of a lot of fun, no matter how hot it is or how many thunderstorms we survive. The carnival has been a DC institution since 1993, modeled after Trinidad and Tobago’s famed celebrations. The parade kicks off at 11am at Georgia and Missouri Avenues and ends with a concert in Banneker Field. Both days feature “De Savannah” at Banneker with tons of vendors from 2pm to 7pm.

Why not spend your weekend partying and pretending you’re in Trinidad and Tobago? Maybe you’ll see a mirage of white sands and blue waters while dancing to steel drums… ah, if only…

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