Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana’s Congressional delegation, state legislators, and lobbyists, are in DC this week for the annual Washington Mardi Gras. It’s a tradition that sees movers and shakers from the state throw a miniature Mardi Gras in the heart of the nation’s capital. LAPolitics publisher Jeremy Alford says it’s one of the hottest tickets in town.
“The last few weeks have been dominated by politicos and influencers trying to find tickets to these events, and a lot of them have walked away empty handed.”
The events sees Louisiana politicians flood the capital to network and build a donor base for future elections. Alford says the epicenter is ten minutes down the road from the White House.
“Every year around this time the bar at the Hilton, which has traditionally hosted this event, changes its name to the 65th Parish. It’s kind of the anchor for all things Washington Mardi Gras.”
Alford says this year’s celebration gives legislators one last chance to relax before the start of a contentious legislative session.
“It’s kind of the last hurrah before they have to get back to work. After all of this ends on Sunday, attention will turn to whether the governor is going to call that February special session”
Alford says much of the talk is centering around which Republicans will be challenging John Bel Edwards for governor.