The February 1961 cover of The Register.

From the archives: Party On

The January 2018 cover of inRegister featuring Todd Graves.

This year, the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians celebrates 75 years of putting Louisiana culture, food and pageantry on full display in our nation’s capital. The celebration began in the 1940s as a way for homesick congressional staffers from Louisiana to observe the beloved Mardi Gras season. Hailed as one of the most important social events in the United States, the annual Carnival Ball is a celebration of Louisiana’s finest. As such, krewe royalty has graced the cover of inRegister regularly over the years, including 1961 Queen Kay Long, 1968 Queen Rebecca McKeithan and 2018 King Todd Graves.

The March 1968 cover of inRegister’s predecessor, The Register, featuring Rebecca McKeithan.

In the 1968 feature article, King Henry Zac Carter told inRegister, “Rebecca and I are resolved that we are going to have a good time but we are going to bring dignity to our state.” And that has remained the spirit of the annual Carnival Ball. This year’s theme, “Louisiana: The Most Interesting State in America,” pays homage to the history of D.C. Mardi Gras. King Drew Brees and Queen Camille Morrison presided over the 75th annual Carnival Ball held on January 27.