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Mardi Gras shows Louisiana spirit

Emilee Crumine, a psychology major, and Alex Hernandez, a communications major, enjoy Davenport’s version of Mardi Gras cuisine. CAB hosted this event in the dining hall Tuesday, where the first 60 commuters enjoyed a free meal. Davenport was decorated and the Mardi Gras inspired fare included gumbo, cornbread, bread bowls and ham. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and was first celebrated in America in 1699. The day has also become an official holiday in Louisiana. / photo by Brittney Slater-Shew

Cindy Vallejo
Staff Writer

The celebration of Fat Tuesday was not only in Louisiana, but also at the University of La Verne where the Campus Activities Board held a Mardi Gras celebration.

Sixty commuters were invited to eat for free from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Davenport.

Multicultural Chair of the Campus Activities Board Ashley Cole planned the event.

“Davenport was really crowded and I saw a lot of people that I normally don’t see in Daven­port,” Cole said.

Planning the event Cole learned a lot of fun facts about Mardi Gras.

She wanted to provide this information to the student body so she created placemats for each table in Davenport.

Mardi Gras was introduced to America in 1699, and every year it has been a celebration the day before Ash Wednesday.

The purpose of Mardi Gras is to celebrate the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the fasting of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in Louisiana.

Mardi Gras is French and means Fat Tuesday.

In Davenport people were eating up the delicious food, especially the gumbo and king cake.

Davenport was decorated with purple, gold and green balloons.

There were also placemats that featured interesting facts about Mardi Gras.

On each table there were decorative, colored coins which were actually gum and were also delicious.

There were colorful centerpieces, masks and the traditional plastic beads on each table that added to the Mardi Gras sensation.

“The info sheets on the tables were interesting and the design of the placemat really caught my attention and the gumbo was delicious,” Aaron Brown, a communications major, said.

Also at the event was a representative from Disneyland promoting discounted tickets. Students had the opportunity to win two tickets to Disneyland and a Disneyland handbag.

Shae Perkins was the winner of the two free tickets to Disneyland and the handbag winner was Brooke Fyfe.

“I am definitely excited and I really wanted to win the tickets,” Perkins, a psychology major, said. “I will be taking my boyfriend to Disneyland because he will be leaving to the Navy soon, so this will be a great going away gift for him.”

Perkins had just come to the event, Cole, and she did not think she would walk out with Disneyland tickets.

“Overall the event was a great representation of Mardi Gras, and I can’t wait until next year,” Brown said.

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