Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington, D.C., through the end of the week for meetings with federal officials and festivities related to the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians’ annual Mardi Gras celebration in the nation’s capital.

This morning, Edwards was scheduled to speak to the Committee of 100, a business leaders group, and attend the Mardi Gras King’s lunch.

Edwards is scheduled this afternoon to meet with federal Medicaid director Vikki Wachino and Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Karen DeSalvo.

He also is slated to meet with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and the Louisiana House Delegation in House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s Capitol office.

On Friday, Edwards will speak to the Louisiana Economic Development luncheon and meet with U.S. Department of Transportation.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who Edwards beat in a Nov. 21 runoff, is this year’s D.C. Mardi Gras captain. The formal ball will be Saturday night.