Arlington's legendary Neighbor Day Parade of 2008. But there was good spirits and some excellent floats, particularly those of Whitlow on Wilson and Liberty Tavern. If a restaurant can put together a good Mardi Gras float, you can be sure that it can also put together a good meal.
Washington DC's Ballou High School provided an excellent marching band and dance team. In 2009, the Ballou Marching Band participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, and in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Ballou Marching Band's participation put the Clarendon Mardi Gras parade in that league.
Red Top Cabs participated in the parade with a green theme. Red Top is adopting propane and hybrid gas/electric cabs. That's excellent. The next stop forward is to get a few pedal-powered vehicles.
[video include above; if you don't see it, go to the post on the Ode Street Tribune]