Thousands of people are converging on our nation's capital today for the 2013 Washington, DC Mardi Gras celebration, which combines the pageantry and pomp of a Louisiana-style Carnival celebration with high-level business meetings and networking to push economic development opportunities for our state. The annual event is hosted by the Mystik Krewe of Louisianians, an organization made up of businesspeople, civic and non-profit community leaders, and elected officials from all over the state.
Serving as king of this year's festivities is Baton Rouge businessman and former commercial real estate developer Martin Svendson. His queen is Laura Elisabeth Kelley, an LSU student who is the daughter of 19th Judicial District Court Judge Tim Kelley and his wife, Nanette Noland, all of Baton Rouge. Serving as Washington, DC Mardi Gras royalty is a family affair for Kelley, whose uncle, Willis Noland of Lake Charles, is a former Mystik Krewe of Louisianians king. Meanwhile, Martin's first introduction to the Washington celebration came more than 30 years ago when his wife "Moo" served as queen.
Our KLFY crew in Washington this week will take you along to all the festivities, and give you a behind-the-scenes look at the business and economic development activities taking place during this once a year gathering. Stay with www.klfy.com for your complete look at the 2013 Washington, DC Mardi Gras celebration.
Allons a Mardi Gras!
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