Mardi Gras Goes to D.C.

Promenading with her father, Mr. Jeff Young, senior Jeanne Marie Young gives a royal, New Orleans-style wave to party goers in Washington, D.C, in February.  Young is a princess in the royal court of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians, the host of the annual Washington Mardi Gras celebration.

As a member of the court, Young traveled with the Mystick Krewe of Louisiana to bring Mardi Gras to Washington, D.C. According to the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians’ website, the group “has brought the pageantry, revelry and mystery of Mardi Gras to our nation’s capital” for more than sixty years.

Young was one of twenty-six young women selected by the Louisiana Congressional Delegation to represent Louisiana in this annual event. Young’s district representative, Congressman Steve Scalise, was also the krewe captain.

According to Young, her favorite part of the event was “the cheering from the people who came to support them.” She said that she was thrilled to bring part of her culture to Washington, D.C., while representing Dominican at the same time.

“It was such an amazing experience,” said Young. “I have always enjoyed Mardi Gras, but this is a Mardi Gras that I will always remember. I made so many new wonderful friends, and I will never forget that experience.”

  • Macie Lafonta