Students of grades six, seven, and eight recently had a lesson on the celebration of Mardi Gras where they learned about the purpose of the celebration with traditions such as floats, entertainment, and especially its relationship with the season of Lent. They learned that Mardi Gras is a time in which families would remove any kind of fats or other temptations from their kitchens so that they might start Lent in the right frame of mind.
Students were grouped across the grades into traditional krewes. Each krewe had to think of a theme and name. Once approved, they came up with some sort of entertainment that would be performed for the rest of the school. As part of the project, each student created their own Mardi Gras float. These were displayed in the auditorium for students to see.
On Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent, krewes assembled and paraded into the auditorium with each group anxiously awaiting their turn to perform. In the end the krewes provided great entertainment reflecting how hard they had worked on everything from their costumes, to banners, and their acts. Just as the end of Mardi Gras signals the solemn season of Lent, students put their celebrations away to give way to extra quiet travels through the halls; remembering that their small sacrifice is a way to thank God for the greatest sacrifice of His Son on the cross.