New and Seasoned Players in DC Take on Mardi Gras

New and Seasoned Players in DC Taking on Mardi Gras. Photography by: Meghan Francis Creative

New Orleans’ most infamous tradition is coming to the nation’s capital with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Tuesday March 5th from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Whittemore House. Brandt Ricca, founder of Nora Lee, a new DC based events and marketing company, has gathered some of the best in the District to bring a little Southern culture up North.

Nora Lee Founder Brandt Ricca and Channing Foster, Founder of CLF Strategies & the Boozie Foodie. Photography by: Meghan Francis Creative

Upon entrance to the event dressed in your best black-tie attire you will be immersed in a zest of local flavor Ricca has sprinkled throughout the venue. Collaborating with the locally historic The Whittemore House, Caity Byrne of All About Balloons, Daniel Nakamura of Booth-o-Rama and Tom Bowen of Bowen Films, the D.C. aura will be hard to miss, even through your masquerade mask.

Local collaborators for the Mardi Gras Event. Photography by: Meghan Francis Creative

The ball will be filled with vibes provided by Throwing Shade DC founders Farrah Flosscett and Mathias and the Southern feel will swirl around the dance floor with vocals from local favorite Perfekt Blend Band. Tasty hors d’oeuvres from the newly established The Pembroke, along with crafty cocktails, because what’s a ball without great food and even better drinks?

Caity Byrne of All About Balloons. Make-Up by A-List Experiences. Photography by: Meghan Francis Creative

While taking in Mardi Gras, guests will also be assisting with the upkeep of their own backyard. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Trust for the National Mall. The trust is an official non-profit committed to enhancing the visitor experience and providing maintenance for the most visited park in the country. Many in the District are no stranger to the National Mall, using it for many activities like sports, picnics, events and even as their favorite selfie backdrop.

Perfekt Blend Band. Make-Up By A- List Experiences, Jewelry by Hey Lovely. Photography by: Meghan Francis Creative

It can get segregated at times in the District and by bringing together D.C.’s finest from all ends of the spectrum, the ball hopes that even if for just a night of dancing, dressing up and having a great time, it can exemplify unity for a great time…and a great cause. After all, the company Nora Lee was started with the legacy of Ricca’s grandmother in mind, a Louisiana socialite who was a huge community advocate. She wasn’t just a name, but something to live up to… Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

Renowned DJ and Throwing Shade DC co-founder Farrah Flosscett. Photography by: Meghan Francis Creative

Article by Raven Greenaway
Tickets can be purchased here.

Display from All About Balloons. Photography by: Meghan Francis Creative
Mrs. DC America 2017 Julie Cangialosi, Caity Byrne of All About Balloons, local performer KCByonce, 4:59 Social Club Co-Founders Kasey O’Brien and Megan McKinley. Photography by: Meghan Francis Creative

Merci Beaucoup to Mardi Gras Masquerade Sponsors & Contributors:
459 Social Club
Mrs. DC America 2017
Cameron Smith
Dr. Maximilian Oshalim
Miss Capitol Hill DC
A-list Experiences
Hey Lovely
Ariel Lewis
CLF Strategies
Meghan Francis Creative