Today is the beginning of the Mardi Gras celebration.
In French, Mardi means Tuesday, and Gras means fat, so it stands for "Fat Tuesday."
This is a practice of eating richer foods before the fasting for the traditional Lenten season.
Mardi Gras is usually celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana with a carnival. People build large floats and parade down the main street, giving out beaded necklaces.
As a team, students build Mardi Gras floats in class.
|photos by Ms. Tulbure|
We also enjoyed traditional King Cake, flown in from New Orleans. A big thank you to Mrs. Blumel who came and taught us about Mardi Gras and provided the cake, supplies, and pizza.
Hidden inside the King Cake is a small trinket. Traditionally it used to be a bean. The person or persons who found the bean would be in charge of hosting the next year's festivities.
What was your favorite activity?
Did you get the trinket from the cake?