Mystick Krewe of Louisianians
2021 Mardi Gras Ball
June 10, 2020
Dear Krewe Members & Loyal Attendees,
Louisianans are no stranger to catastrophic events. We’ve seen massive hurricanes like Andrew, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac. The historic floods of 2016 and the tragedy of BP Deep Water Horizon are not to be forgotten. Through it all, we showed the rest of the nation what real resilience is. Undoubtedly, the same will be said about Louisiana as we rebound from the significant challenges of 2020.
Typically, we would be preparing to send out Krewe member packets for the upcoming 2021 ball. Sadly, this year’s ball will not occur.
Senior Lieutenants spent countless hours searching for a path forward. However, the health restrictions due to COVID-19 are too much for an event of our magnitude. Washington Mardi Gras is a tremendous event that takes every bit of a year to plan, build and execute. Unfortunately, the Hilton Hotel could not commit to producing and hosting our event under the District of Columbia’s REOPENDC master plan. These government guidelines do not allow a function of more than 250 people to occur unless there is a vaccine or a similar cure.
We reached this decision after considering the status of reopening in Washington DC, which is occurring slower than most other major cities. We also discussed the anticipated social distancing measures to be imposed by the Hilton and weighed the health and financial considerations of our Krewe members and their guests.
Forgoing our annual tradition is not a small decision. Washington Mardi Gras has been skipped only a handful of times in our 76-year history. World War II, the Korean War and Hurricane Katrina are rare examples.
2021 was poised to be a record year for the Krewe, now at maximum capacity, with an ever-growing waiting list hoping to join our ranks.
We are all disappointed to make this announcement, but rest assured, our attention is now on ensuring that when the Captain blows his whistle in 2022, it will be one of the best balls ever!
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
The Senior Lieutenants,
G. Wayne Smith
Ted W. Jones
Joseph M. Broussard, Emeritus