When you call in to work next Wednesday, just tell them you have the bayou flu. On Tuesday, March 8, NoVa's Bayou Bakery offers NOLA devotees a front row seat to the annual Clarendon Mardi Gras parade with its own party from 5 to 11PM. James Beard-nominated chef David Guas, who flexed his Louisiana roots both at the famed Windsor Court in New Orleans and as the pastry chef for DC's Acadiana—along with Passion Food Group's other outposts—has had King Cakes on offer for weeks. And while authentic fare is an everyday affair, Mardi Gras night will feature a special crab boil, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and the best beignets outside the Crescent City. Just don't forget your beads! At 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Clarendon, bayoubakeryva.com.