The party starts at the Wynkoops sister eatery, the Wazee Supper Club, 1600 15th Street, at 4 p.m. "It's a lot of people bracing themselves for that long walk," McAleer says the long walk being the march down to the Wynkoop itself, at 1634 18th Street. "I'm always impressed by the crowd on the street because nobody really knows this goes on until they see us marching up the street. People all stop what they're doing, we throw beads at them, and they cheer us on," he adds.
The party at the Wynkoop includes performances by the Kent High School R&B Ensemble, plus New Orleans-style funk and jazz with the O-Tones. There will be Creole cuisine and complimentary masks, beads and face painting. For information, call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.
Tue., Feb. 16, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., 2010