State Sen. President John Alario will be among the White House attendees for the Sept. 23 ceremony welcoming the arrival of Pope Francis.

Alario, R-Westwego, will join President Barack Obama and his wife for the historic event which will take place on the South Lawn of the White House.

“We expect a crowd in the thousands so we encourage you to factor that into you travei time as you plan,” a White House employee wrote in Alario’s confirmation notice.