Many people think you have to travel to New Orleans to get the full impact of Mardi Gras. That is only because they didn't take a minute to join in the party today outside the Vol State Grill.
Mardi Gras literally translates as "carnival season." That is exactly the environment that was created for one hour. Zydeco and Cajun music set the mood as students and faculty donned handmade masks and performed mock crowning ceremonies. French doubloons were thrown out to all open hands, while party beads and crowns were placed on willing recipients. Smiles were in abundance and laughter blended nicely with the music.
Madame Grossberg (as her class refers to her) encouraged her French 1020 class to share the rich Louisiana culture with all in attendance. “It was such a hit we will definitely do it again next year. It was a great way to kick off the spring break.”
Vol State student Heidi Latorre is going to be a foreign language teacher, and she was excited to share about her interaction with people today. “It was fun after you got over the awkward stage in the beginning. Sometimes when you do things with the public, you have some insecurity at first, but we had so much fun just messing around with all the people that came through. One lady came in from Louisiana said she was so glad we did this, because it reminded her of home.”
Grossberg said they had full participation from the class. “My French class may do another event in the fall with French art, French food, and French music.”
Bon Mardi Gras!
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