Sunday, February 10, 2013
Brother and sister David and Rebecca Tax started the parade 15 years ago before moving to Falls Church.
Siblings and former Clarendon business owners Rebecca and David Tax know how to have a good time — and 15 years ago, they stepped out on a limb and started something that still draws quite a crowd in Clarendon. The 15th Annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade has grown substantially from the 10 floats it had in its inaugural year and has become a big deal for the entire region. This year’s parade is expected to be the biggest yet. “We were trying to promote the restaurants in the area and we thought it would be fun,” David Tax said recently inside the Falls Church restaurant he runs with his sister, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack. More than 40 exhibitors are expected to participate in this year’s parade. Matt Hussmann, director of the …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Family-friendly event is in its 15th year.
The 15th annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade kicks off at 8 p.m. Tuesday -- Fat Tuesday -- along Wilson Boulevard. The event, which bills itself as "the Washington area's largest Mardi Gras celebration," is free. The parade route runs along Wilson from North Barton to North Irving Street. This year's parade features more than 40 groups from across the region, including the Batala Washington, the Jim Moyer Circus Club and the DC Rollergirls. The Clarendon Alliance, which organizes the event, has 25 cases of Mardi Gras beads on order, according to a news release. "We are really pleased that so many local businesses and community groups have signed up to participate this year," Clarendon Alliance Executive Director Matt Hussmann …
Sunday, September 25, 2011
A day filled with fun, food and music
Volunteers, civic groups, businesses, political candidates, artists, activists: It seemed like everyone who has a stake in the future of Clarendon came out for the 14th annual Clarendon Day celebration -- and that includes the estimated 10,000 festival-goers who crowded the streets around the Clarendon Metro with their families, friends and neighbors. Here's a sampling of our photos from the day. Click the link above to upload your own! Also, don't forget to check out our story on the festivities and a short video where we hear from a few of the organizers and vendors.
Organizers estimate 10,000 people attended 14th annual event.
An estimated 10,000 people descended on the heart of Arlington on Saturday for the 14th annual Clarendon Day. About 25 general exhibitors plus about that many artists lined the streets selling everything from jewelry to apparel, old magazines to framed artwork. If you spent a few minutes around the Clarendon Metro, or on the blocked portions of Wilson or Clarendon boulevards, you may have overheard neighbors running into one another. In front of Hard Times Cafe, one woman chastised her boyfriend: "We should've gotten here two hours ago!" The mouth-watering smell of ribs, chili, pizza, Thai food and made-on-the-spot doughnuts, among many other items, wafted through the air. Parents would ask children if they got enough to eat; it was hard …
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The first Saturday of fall was filled with music and food at the Clarendon Day festival.
Music, food and fun brought the neighborhood out to play for Clarendon Day 2011 -- and then some. Organizers estimated about 10,000 people came Saturday afternoon to the 14th annual celebration in the heart of Arlington. Live music, crafts, promotions from local businesses, food and carnival rides for the children surrounded the Clarendon Metro station. Brenda Walter's daughter Ella waited in line for the face painting at the Virginia Commerce Bank Kid's Zone -- a nonstop hub of excitement that featured everything from palm-tree rock walls to an obstacle course. "We had no idea it was going on," Walter said. "I cannot believe that everything is free. It's a fun Saturday surprise." Nancy Newell, who is in Arlington visiting family, thought …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Following a morning run, the festivities go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The heart of Arlington will come alive Saturday for the 14th annual Clarendon Day – a street festival with music, food, arts and crafts plus family-friendly entertainment and morning runs for children and adults. “I think it’ll be a nice day,” said Matt Hussmann, executive director of the Clarendon Alliance. “The weather is supposed to be nice. It’s also fun just to come out and see all of your Clarendon neighbors. People bump into each other out on the street, and it’s nice just to sit down and chat, drink a beer and enjoy the music.” He added: “What’s not to like? It’s a great street festival.” About 25 general exhibitors will line the streets around the Clarendon Metro, plus about that many artists selling a bevy of arts and crafts, …