What most people consider to be just parades and bead throwing is actually a holiday from France. Mardi Gras, which means Fat Tuesday in French, is the last celebrated holiday before Lent begins. On Fat Tuesday the idea is to celebrate and completely enjoy what you will give up for Lent, which is also known as Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is mostly celebrated in France and New Orleans, however, the festivities are held through out the entire world. In New Orleans, the Mardi Gras preparations can take over a month and the main parade actually kicks off ten days before Fat Tuesday.
On this joyous occasion, people attend parades, collect beads, and cook outrageous meals.
Our French Club also took part in the celebration by hosting a party on February 16, 2010. The party took place in the Golden Viking Room. Many members of the French Club prepared several Cajun dishes to eat during their lunches. Recipes varied from cheese puffs to jambalaya. Samantha Dodson, who prepared one of the several jambalaya recipes, said “It was time consuming, but the recipe was fairly simple.”
Unlike Samantha’s dish, Zach Posey’s noodle recipe took eight hours to properly prepare. A ham and cheese casserole was cooked by Samantha Willis. She said “The dish was fun but kind of difficult to make.”
For dessert they had King Cake, which was provided by Mrs. Lloyd. A King Cake is a traditional cake to have on Mardi Gras. When eating King Cake, keep your eyes out for a tiny plastic baby.
If your piece of cake contains the baby, then it is considered to be good luck.
Our Mardi Gras celebration was a success. Everyone had an amazing time. The celebration gave students a chance to experience what was going on in New Orleans and in France. We look forward to an even better party next year. Thank you all French members for preparing such delicious dishes and Mrs. Lloyd for allowing French Club to have the party. As the New Orleans commonly say, “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!!”
By: Dakota Day and Le Nguyen