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This year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, explained

With the dinner being held tonight, we are re-upping our posts from this week previewing the festivities.

The White House Correspondents' Dinner is Saturday, with festivities starting Thursday and lasting all weekend. The annual funniest/glitziest/most over-done night in Washington will be full of self-deprecating laughs and selfies with celebrities.

Here's what we know about it so far.

The host

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong is hosting the 2015 White House correspondents' dinner. Here are some of her best moments from the show. (Video: Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post)

"Saturday Night Live" comedian Cecily Strong will host. You might remember her as "Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with at a Party" and for her stint as a "Weekend Update" host.

Strong said she doesn't "want to be too mean where it really hurts somebody" with her jokes, and wants to make everyone laugh (bipartisanship!). In other words, don't expect another Stephen Colbert.

"I'd rather do things we can all laugh [about]," she told Capitol File. "I'd like to be able to make fun of myself as much as anyone else. I don't want to make fun of the way someone looks -- things like that. Children are off-limits. There are definitely people in that room who I respect and admire a lot."

She also said there were certain things she wanted to get into, without giving specifics.

"I know I definitely want some great, hard jokes," she told Variety. "There are definitely certain issues I'd love to hit and spend a little more time on. I think I'm kind of a silly person, so I hope it's a little more silly than truly biting, if that makes sense. Really, I just hope that some of it is funny to some people -- that would be the goal. I want to break even. That is what I keep saying because all I keep hearing is how tough a room it is, so it would really feel like a win if I break even."

The guests

You can check out a full list by our Helena Andrews that's being updated. It's chock-full of actors, actresses, members of Obama's cabinet, and members of Congress. Here's a few highlights of the guest list, along with what media outlet they're going with:

ABC - Kerry Washington, who plays Washington political crisis manager Olivia Pope in "Scandal"

Christian Broadcasting Network - Newt and Callista Gingrich

CBS News - Madeleine Albright, who was a secretary of state IRL, and  Téa Leoni, who's not a secretary of state but plays one on TV on CBS's "Madam Secretary"

CNN - Jane Fonda, who happens to be the ex-wife of CNN founder Ted Turner

Cosmopolitan magazine - Comedian Billy Eichner, who appeared in a "Funny or Die" video with Michelle Obama in February

CSPAN - C-SPAN mom Joyce Woodhouse, who called into the channel when her two sons, Brad and Dallas, were on the air arguing about politics

Fox News - Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, and Brody Jenner

Huffington Post - Sean Parker, who co-founded Napster and was president of Facebook, and YouTube and Vine stars like Bethany Mota, Nash Grier, Marcus Johns, Jerome Jarre, and Tyler Oakley

The New Yorker - Larry Wilmore, the host of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show"

USA Today - Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Naya Rivera of "Glee", and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty

The parties

There are plenty of parties starting Thursday night going to Sunday morning. Here's a selection, along with some of the hosts, via The Hill (click for the full list here).

Rock The Vote Kickoff Party - Rock the Vote, Fusion, and Twitter
Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Blind Whino

An Evening with John Legend - Politico
Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Longview Gallery

People/Time Cocktail Party - People and Time magazines
Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Regis Hotel

Motion Picture Association of America/Microsoft/ABC News Creativity Conference
Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Newseum

The Hill/Extra/Embassy of Canada party
Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Embassy of Canada

The New Yorker party
Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the W Hotel

ABC News/Yahoo News Pre-Reception
Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Columbia Hall

Thomson Reuters Pre- and Post-Reception
Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Georgetown Room

CBS/National Journal/Atlantic Media Pre-Reception
Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Courtyard and Gardens

MSNBC After Party
Saturday at 11:30 p.m. at the United States Institute of Peace

Political Hangover brunch -  CNN
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.