Rep. Cedric Richmond's (D-La.) office is decorated for Mardi Gras in the Cannon House Office Building.
• Celebrate the last day before Lent at National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW) with pancake races after the noon Eucharist on the west grounds of the cathedral. Staff, school students, clergy and others will participate in races such as the Gargoyle Gallup and the Saterlee Special, hoping to win the grand prize ó the Golden Skillet. Hours: Starts at 12:30 p.m. Admission: free.
• At Washington Highlands Library (4037 S. Capitol St. NW), children from ages 12 to 17 can enjoy the libraryís teen Mardi Gras celebration, making masks, tasting New Orleans snacks and enjoying zydeco music. Hours: Starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission: free.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.