After opening reception venue change: laissez les bons temps rouler

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Carlo Finlay, from the University of Georgia, and JuliaKate Culpepper, of USA Today Sports, chat on the Mississippi River overlook outside Mardi Gras World during the #ONA19 opening night reception. Photo by Daja Henry
Carlo Finlay, from the University of Georgia, and JuliaKate Culpepper, of USA Today Sports, chat  outside Mardi Gras World during the #ONA19 opening night reception Thursday night. (Photo by Daja Henry)

Music, food, cocktails, Mardi Gras displays and a unique New Orleans “scene” greeted hundreds of ONA19 conference-goers Thursday night at the welcoming reception at Mardi Gras World after a last-minute venue change.¬† Mardi Gras World features massive warehouses along the Mississippi RIver where floats for the parade are built and stored until February rolls around.

Irving Washington, Executive Director of ONA, welcomes partygoers to the #ONA19 opening reception. Photo by Daja Henry
Irving Washington, the executive director of ONA, welcomes partygoers to the #ONA19 opening reception. (Photo by Daja Henry)

 

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