A luxury DC wine bar is closing ahead of a once-in-a-decade swarm of trillions of ‘Brood X’ cicadas, which could be louder than a jet plane

  • Little Pearl, a luxury DC wine bar, is closing for a month during an upcoming, rare cicada swarm.
  • Trillions of “Brood X” cicadas emerge from the ground once every 17 years across the eastern US.
  • Little Pearl said the sound, which could be louder than a jet, would “ruin” people’s dining experience.
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A luxury wine bar in Washington, DC, is closing for a month in anticipation of a giant swarm of trillions cicadas across the east coast, but other restaurants in the area are adamant they’ll stay open, according to a report by The Washington Post.

“We have decided to pause service at Little Pearl for 4 weeks starting May 10th in preparation for ‘Cicada Season,'” Little Pearl, a wine bar in the Capitol Hill area, told a customer who tried to get a reservation at the restaurant, per The Post.

Small numbers of cicadas appear in the eastern US every year – but occasionally, a giant swarm emerges from the ground. This year, cicadas known as “Brood X” are set to emerge from the soil to mate and then die across late May and early June. The happens just once every 17 years, which is the length of their lifecycle.

For the five to six weeks that they’re above ground, the live cicadas – and their crunchy, discarded exoskeletons – will be impossible to miss.

The swarm will hit the Northeast, including DC, Maryland, and New York, alongside parts of the Midwest and West Virginia, Dr Michael Raupp, professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Maryland, told WJLA. In some areas, there will be 1.5 million cicadas per acre emerging from the ground, he said.

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Male cicadas are known for their loud buzzing noise, which they make to attract females. Gene Kritsky, a biology professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, previously told Insider that during the 2004 swarm a colony of Brood X cicadas made noises louder than the sound of a typical jet flying into Reagan National Airport.

Little Pearl told said in the email to the customer that “we know in good faith that a single 100 decibel cicada will ruin anyone’s dinner experience, a ‘tsunami’ of them will be impossible to control.”

The bar said the customer could reschedule, get a refund, or move the reservation to its sister restaurant.

Little Pearl told Washingtonian that it was also using cicada season as an opportunity to redecorate its restaurant and get prepared to reopen at a bigger capacity. “We are closing … in order to renovate, clean, reorganize, up-train, and get all our affairs in order as the pandemic caused so many disruptions,” the bar’s owner Aaron Silverman told the publication.

“It just so happens that this period of time falls during heavy cicada season, and roughly 80% of our current seating is outdoors in a heavily vegetative area (lots of trees, plants, etc) as we are in the garden of the Hill Center. This seemed like the best window to take advantage of.”

Other restaurants The Post spoke to said that they weren’t worried about the upcoming storm.

The owner of downtown Italian restaurant i Ricchi told the publication that it wasn’t “really affected” by the last storm, while L’Auberge Chez Francois’s owner said that it hadn’t been a “huge problem.”

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A judge banned Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio from DC ahead of this week’s pro-Trump rally. Tarrio is charged with burning a Black Lives Matter flag.

Enrique Tarrio
Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, stands outside Harry’s bar during a protest on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio was banned from DC ahead of this week’s “wild” pro-Trump rally.
  • A superior court judge included a stay away order as a condition of release for Tarrio’s recent arrest on charges that he burned a Black Lives Matter flag.
  • The judge said it was the least-restrictive measure, as Tarrio had posted on Parler that he would burn another Black Lives Matter flag. 
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The Proud Boys chairman has been banned from Washington, DC, ahead of this week’s pro-Trump rally. 

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio was arrested Monday night on a destruction of property warrant stemming from a mid-December protest that involved the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner belonging to a historically Black church in the nation’s capital

When Tarrio was taken into custody, police found two high-powered magazines branded with the Proud Boys logo in his bag, according to DC Superior Court documents viewed by Insider.

The devices were unloaded, and Tarrio told law enforcement he intended to sell them to someone he was meeting in DC at the rally.

Proud Boys branded magazines
Tarrio was carrying to high-capacity magazines at the time of his arrest, police say.

Tarrio pleaded not guilty to destruction of property and possession of a high-capacity ammunition feeding device charges Tuesday afternoon from his holding cell at the metro police station. 

Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond ordered Tarrio, who was held overnight, to be released on the condition that he stay out of the District of Columbia. 

Raymond said she was imposing the condition because Tarrio recently posted a meme on the encrypted chat platform Parler indicating he would burn another Black Lives Matter flag. 

The Proud Boys leader also posted about burning the church’s banner on social media.

The flag burning took place during the Dec. 12 Trump rally, for which Tarrio previously told Insider he was overseeing security. 

Tarrio, who is Cuban-American, has maintained to Insider that Proud Boys – a recognized hate group linked to street fights and violence around the US – is not racist or white supremacists by nature, while recognizing that some members hold those beliefs. 

“Given there are a lot of Black Lives Matter placards, banners, and alike in the District of Columbia, this will be the least restrictive condition” of release, Judge Raymond said. 

At the time of his arrest, Tarrio was arriving ahead of a pro-Trump rally planned to take place in the city this week. The demonstration is intended to coincide with Congress formalizing the presidential election results on Wednesday. 

Donald Trump, who continues to fuel conspiracy theories that President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory was fraudulent, recently tweeted that the rally would be “wild.”

The National Guard has been activated to handle crowd control this week. 

Tarrio is scheduled to return to court on June 8. 

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