Louisiana dignitaries flock to Washington Mardi Gras

Jim Hanzo
January 23, 2020 - 12:36 pm
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Washington Mardi Gras kicks off today with Louisiana’s biggest movers and shakers in the nation's capitol for three days of politicking and celebrations.

LSU communications professor and veteran political staffer Bob Mann says each night of the Washington Mardi Gras features a ball that will be attended by state leaders based both here and in D.C.  It all will be capped off by mini-parade on Saturday night.  

“It’s really developed into a combination Mardi Gras ball, Mardi Gras celebration, Mardi Gras parade, and bipartisan Louisiana political convention where everyone goes to see and be seen,” Mann said.  

The theme for this year is based around Louisiana’s contributions to the United States.

The tradition began over 50 years ago by Senator Russel B. Long, and Mann says for years it was an event only for those Louisianans stuck in D.C. for the carnival season.

“It started off as just a cocktail party and a way for these Louisianan ex-pats to celebrate this really important holiday and time,” Mann said.  
The tradition began and continues at the Washington Hilton.

As much as it’s lauded for being one of the best parties in town, Mann during the daylight hours it's all business.  

“At the bar at the Hilton they hang a sign calling it the 65 parish where everyone goes to be seen and talk, do some business, meet people and network and all of that,” Mann added.  

Krewe Captain for this year is Congressman Steve Scalise and Congressman Clay Higgins is the Chairman.

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