Students Celebrate 'Mardi Gras'

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Poplar Springs Elementary students have clearly never heard the phrase 'rain on my parade.. That's because they didn't let a few early morning showers get in the way of their Fat Tuesday celebration.

"What is great about Mardi Gras is you can make masks, put them on, and be proud," said student Kiersten Hampton.

Pride does have a lot to do with the history of Mardi Gras. During the weeks leading up to this New Orleans style parade, teachers taught students the meaning behind the colors.

"Gold, green, and purple," noted student Haley Jenkins.

the parades, and the music.

"We are a Whole Arts Integrated School," said kindergarten teacher, Beth Lang. "So, we have taken the theme of the Mardi Gras celebration and we've learned about the history of Mardi Gras, the music, the culture the different foods. The colors even have meaning, yellow means power, green means fate, and purple means justice."

And while Mardi Gras is about the arts and the culture, it is also about the food.

"The best thing is the food. They have great food," said students Cooper Owen.

"The best thing about Mardi Gras to me is when you get King cake," said student Conner Shirley. "I like to try to find the little babies that they hide in it (king cake) and I really like the way it tastes."

The food, the outfits, the music, the culture, all seemed very well understood. I think the teachers can consider this a lesson learned.

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