Photo Essay

  • Photographers take pictures of celebrities on the red carpet at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Skier Lindsey Vonn talks to the media not he red carpet at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Conference attendees and party watchers Jody Bjerke, Carol Machovsky and Deb Anderson, all of Minnesota crane to take pictures of Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Party-goers photograph the presidential car outside the Washington Hilton during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • The media lines up and waits for stars to begin trickling in at the Washington Hilton before the start of the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • A sign directs party-goers to the red carpet at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Party watchers crane to look for celebrities walking into the Washington Hilton before the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Police tape is seen strung through a flower bed along the security perimeter established around the Washington Hilton during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Party watchers Molly Murphy and Kelly Whelan who live in the neighborhood help party guest Yarden Golan tie his bow tie before the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Party-goers make their way between levels and parties at the Washington Hilton during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • The Marine Corps band files in to perform at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • A Secret Service Special agent guards a door at the Washington Hilton during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Steven Spurr of Northern Virginia shows his autographed Anna Kendrick picture after chasing her down for signatures and photos outside the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Actress Anna Kendrick jumps into a cab in front of the Washington Hilton an hour and a half into the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • The hoi polloi of DC and beyond mingle at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Aisha McShaw, Al Sharpton and Joy-Ann Reid pose for photos at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Party-goer Susan Floberg of Charlotte, NC takes a picture of the event space at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
  • Jimmy Eat World singer Jim Adkins performs at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Actress Mae Whitman dances and sings along to the Jimmy Eat World performance at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Guests partake of fresh coconuts at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • "Shadow" Senator for the District of Columbia, Paul Strauss shows off a ring at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Glee actor Matthew Morrison hits the dance floor at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Party-goer John Taylor of Washington, D.C. enjoys the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Lewis Nelson rolls cigars at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Lewis Nelson lights guest Tiffany Ball's cigar at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • Lindsey Dickinson holds her shoes late into the evening at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
  • A jacket is strewn at the base of the stage at the MSNBC after party at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
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2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Once a year, Hollywood and Washington converge for the White House Correspondents Association dinner. The annual gala – often called “nerd prom” – offers a chance for celebrities and politicos to rub shoulders and share some laughs. A comedian traditionally roasts the president, while the commander-in-chief gets to crack a few jokes at the expense of the press corps.

For msnbc’s full coverage of the event, click here.

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