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You can celebrate Mardi Gras with a concert by The Crawdaddies.
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You can celebrate Mardi Gras with a concert by The Crawdaddies.

Mar. 4: The Crawdaddies
Today is Fat Tuesday, and while you’re a long way from the Bayou, you can get in the New Orleans spirit with a Mardi Gras party at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, where The Crawdaddies will be performing at 8 p.m. The Baltimore-based group blends Louisiana’s Cajun, zydeco and blues sounds with roots rock, Americana and ska influences.

Mar. 4-Apr. 15: Francophonie Cultural Festival 2014
You can explore the sights, sounds and tastes of the French-speaking world at the 14th annual Francophonie Cultural Festival, which runs through April 15. From film screenings to concerts, theatrical performances, culinary tastings and activities for kids, there are a number of opportunities to experience the diverse offerings of the French language and cultures.

Music: “One Bayou Drive [Instrumental]” by Roomful of Blues

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