Visit Carnival In The Nation’s Capital Exhibit

BATON ROUGE, La. (THE LOUISIANA WEEKEND) - Carnival in the National Capital: The Washington Mardi Gras Ball is on display now. This exhibition showcases the story of the Washington Mardi Gras ball through royal regalia, costumes, photographs, posters and memorabilia. The Mystick Krewe of Louisianans was started by Louisianans living in Washington, D.C. They wanted to share and experience their favorite holiday, Mardi Gras. The first ball was held in 1944. Now Washington Mardi Gras is a multi-day event complete with Louisiana food, music, parade of mini floats, and lively performances by Louisiana’s best University marching bands. This is an annual showcase of Louisiana culture.

Friends of the Capitol Park Museum and The Louisiana State Museum are hosting the event “After Hours: Washington Mardi Gras” on Thursday, February 9th from 6 to 9pm. This event is free, but registration is required. Register HERE

The Capitol Park Museum has a permanent exhibition “Experiencing Louisiana: Discover the Soul of America” that showcases Mardi Gras history. There’s also a permanent exhibition called “Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time In Louisiana!” at the Presbytere in New Orleans that allows you to enjoy Mardi Gras year round. Here you can experience Mardi Gras in Louisiana through artifacts, magnificent costumes, and history. So before you head off to the parades and the balls, head over to the museums to learn about everyone’s favorite holiday, Mardi Gras. For more information about the Capitol Park Museum, visit Here . To learn more about the Presbytere and other Louisiana State Museums, visit Here