Mardi Gras season is kicking off in Washington D.C. The Mystick Krewe of Louisiana celebrates the carnival season today through Saturday in the nation’s capital. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says people head to the nation’s capital by the thousands and fill up the hotels. He says a ticket to Saturday’s ball is considered the hottest ticket in town.
“It’s a great event from Louisiana. It showcases us and our Mardi Gras. We bring it to Washington D.C., it’s a lot of fun, it’s a festival, and it’s quite unique.”
The festivities take place at the Washington Hilton. Pinsonat says while the celebrations are a lot of fun, a lot of meetings take place during the day. He says corporate leaders from around the country are invited to attend economic development functions selling Louisiana.
“It’s a great economic benefit to Louisiana because we get to showcase our homegrown Louisiana companies to Washington D.C.”
Pinsonat says this is a great time for Louisiana lawmakers to have fun, because when they get back to the Bayou State, they head straight into a special legislative session on Monday with a hangover.
“The parties in Washington are great but they’re coming home to a very troubled state with a very troubled, sinking economy, trying to figure out how to fill a $304 million deficit.”