United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2024
ICYMI: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Brings an International Celebration of Carnival to the United Nations, Featuring Louisiana Mardi Gras
On Thursday, February 1, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, and native of Louisiana, hosted a Celebration of Carnival at the United Nations, featuring Mardi Gras – complete with masks, traditional Louisiana cuisine, and jazz music by the West Point Benny Havens Band.
The Ambassador noted in her remarks the colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green, and gold, which represent justice, faith, and power. “I think those values – justice, faith, and power – guide us in our work, every day here at the UN. That together, we’re working to create a world in which all people are equal in rights and dignity, no matter who they are and where they live.”
Following the celebration, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield spoke with Mark Ballard of The Advocate and Sabrina Wilson of FOX 8 News, on how she has shared the state of Louisiana’s culture with others throughout her career and decided to bring it to the UN where there are members of countries around the world with their own Carnival celebrations.
“I would call it an international Mardi Gras, because we had people from all over the world,” the Ambassador tells Mark Ballard.
Read the full article below:
The Advocate: U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield takes Louisiana Mardi Gras international
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield tells Sabrina Wilson, “It was very much Bourbon Street on the grounds of the United Nations.”
Watch the news clip below:
FOX 8 News: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield gives the United Nations a taste of Mardi Gras