Kick it Up a Notch, Feel the Heritage, and Let the Good Times Roll!

February 5, 2013

Don’t let the grey, wintery February weather “dampen” your mood - Arlington County has two energizing events coming up this month that will really “perk” you up!Feel the Heritage poster

Celebrate African-American culture at the Department of Parks and Recreation's 21st Annual Feel the Heritage Festival on Saturday, February 9 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Held at Langston-Brown Community Center, this exciting event will feature music and dance performances, delicious food, a variety of vendors, and much more. As part of the program, WalkArlington will lead a memory-sharing community walk of High View Park/Hall's Hill at 2:30 p.m. Starting at the Strawberry Cottage/Langston-Brown Playground, the 30-40-minute walk will stop at significant locations in the community where walkers will be encouraged to share memories about the neighborhood, its residents, and traditions. What’s more, these memories will be adapted into a future WalkArlington Walkabout.  Admission to the Festival is free, so put on your walking shoes, sharpen your memory, come on out, and feel the heritage.

Then just three days later, look for the WalkArlington Crewe on Tuesday, February 12 at the annual Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade, a family-friendly event that's big fun. For the fifth year in a row, WalkArlington's parade contingent will distinguish itself by pushing decorated pedestrian shopping carts, filled with beads, candy, and walk-friendly trinkets to toss to parade-goers. Thousands of local residents and visitors are expected to line the parade route along Wilson Boulevard from North Barton Street to Washingtonparade walkers Boulevard/Clarendon Circle. The parade kicks off at 8:00 p.m., preceded by a pre-party at Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Road) at 5:00 p.m.  Did we mention the Mardi Gras parade is free? What have you got to lose?

Whether you choose to feel the heritage in High View Park or laisser les bons temps rouler with the Mardi Gras revelers on the sidewalks of Clarendon, these February events in Arlington will not disappoint!

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