Washington, D.C.—Washington National Cathedral will host its annual Pancake Races, this year on Shrove Tuesday (more commonly known as Mardi Gras), March 4, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. EST. Teams from the National Cathedral, St. Alban's parish church, and affiliated schools—all located on the Cathedral grounds, known as “the Close”—will race the course on the grounds of the the Cathedral, flipping pancakes all the way as they as they compete for the coveted Golden Skillet, the competition’s top prize. Members of West End Strategy Team, publicists for the Cathedral, will also participate in a heat.
This is the only event of its kind in Washington, celebrating the British tradition of “Pancake Day,” as Mardi Gras is often known there, to mark the last day before the beginning of Lent. In centuries past, cooking pancakes made good use of eggs, butter, and milk—all rich foods that are traditionally eschewed during the forty days of Lent.
What: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races
When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Washington National Cathedral, West Front
Who: Pancake racing teams from Washington National Cathedral, the schools of the Cathedral Close, St. Alban’s Parish, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and the West End Strategy Team
RSVP: Media are invited and coverage of this colorful photo opportunity and community event is welcome. To attend, please RSVP to Shannon Craig Straw at (202) 776-7700 or Shannon@westendstrategy.com in advance.