Didn’t book your ticket to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? No worries! As a part of the annual Black Film Series going on now at CWU, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) is inviting everyone to the 3rd annual Mardi Gras Party. The music and cuisine will bring the festive and fabulous style of New Orleans to campus, and everyone is welcome to attend the party, for free! There will be traditional bayou delicacies including red beans and rice, creole gumbo, white beans and sausage, curry chicken, dirty-rice, bread and banana pudding and more. The festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. in Michaelsen Hall room 126.
A brief history of Mardi Gras:
Mardi Gras translates into English as “Fat Tuesday,” which is appropriate because Mardi Gras falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and is a chance for people to indulge for a last time before the beginning of Lent. Many branches of Christianity observe Lent, in which people give up something, like eating meat, for about six weeks until Easter Sunday.
Whether or not you’re observing Lent, Mardi Gras is a fun holiday for everyone, and the Mardi Gras Party at CWU is a chance to learn about the history and tradition behind what has become one of the world’s largest celebrations.