Day 2 of Washington Mardi Gras celebrations began with the Wild Women "Come & Go Get Together" hosted by Janet Boles, Terri Busada and Carmen Jones. Special guest for the mid-morning party was Louisiana first lady Donna Edwards.
After helping fortify ourselves from the night before, several of us boarded a shuttle bus to the Congressional Club for an exquisite luncheon honoring Carissa Graves, wife of ball chairman Congressman Garret Graves. The best way to describe this historic building for Baton Rougeans is it most closely resembled a cross between the City Club and the Woman's Club.
Lois Breaux, wife of former Sen. John Breaux, gave us a brief history of the club and clubhouse. Louisiana Public Broadcasting CEO Beth Courtney provided some comic relief with tales of Washington Mardi Gras celebrations past. Special guests included Ms. Edwards, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, New Orleans first lady Cheryl Landrieu and Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks Daniel.
Co-hosting the Women of Louisiana Luncheon were the queen's mother, Jennifer Reilly, Diane Abraham, Breaux, Laura Cassidy, Becca Higgins, Peyton John and Kelly Johnson.
Later than afternoon, numerous hospitality suites hosted by the king, queen, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, the city of Lafayette and Oschner provided additional party opportunities.
The last hurrah of the day was the Friday Festival hosted by the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians lieutenants. Some 3,000 guests filled the Washington Hilton ballroom for the elegant evening whose highlight was the first formal introduction of King Todd Graves, Queen Anna Reilly, Ball Captain Steve Scalise, this year's 39 princesses and the 23 Louisiana festival queens.
Dinner entertainment was provided the Ronnie Kole and a scaled down version of the Washington Symphony.