“To an incredible group of professionals and teammates—— What you individually and collectively pulled off at this year’s Washington Mardi Gras was beyond impressive. You not only accomplished the challenging task of presenting each event flawlessly, but you did so without regard for your personal comfort or needs. You demonstrated to me, and to all of the Senior Lieutenants, that you have a loyalty and professional sense of pride to Washington Mardi Gras. What you did was very amazing in difficult circumstances. I’m convinced that no other group of talented professionals could have matched your efforts….. I have been working with many of you for 15 or more years, and this was your crowning achievement. I am so proud to be part of the same team as all of you.”