Mardi Gras!

Students decorate for Mardi Gras.

A'lani Hawthorne-Curtis, Contributor

Mardi Gras celebrations originated in Mobile, AL and New Orleans, but you can find Mardi Gras celebrations all over the place now. Huntsville will have its Mardi Gras parade at 4:30 on Saturday, February 18 in downtown Huntsville. There are also celebrations at MidCity this weekend, and several local restaurants are also participating. There is even more than one Mardi Gras dog parade. For a calendar of local events, click HERE.

Here at Bob Jones, the French classes made the foreign language hallway festive. French teacher Mrs. Mooney shared her plans, “We’ll be decorating my classroom tomorrow during the half day and maybe the hallway if we have time and enough decorations. Of course, there will be king cake and a food day in class on Tuesday. I promised them a day of no vocabulary/grammar since it’s a holiday!”

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in New Orleans is celebrated for a one to three-month time period, where the streets are filled with music, art, and people in costumes. It starts on January 6th, they party and celebrate with king cake, bead tossing, and parading which only increases as they get closer to the real Mardi Gras date, which is February 21st.

Hopefully, you can catch an event, find some king cake, and have a great time!