Ruth Gowitske Staff Writer
On Friday, March 29, from 8 to 10 pm, Friday After Dark (FAD), hosted a Mardi Gras event in the Betty Tipton Room.
According to history.com, “Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated on ‘Fat Tuesday,’ the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.” Even though Mardi Gras was celebrated a couple of weeks ago, students still had fun celebrating and hanging out with friends. As people walked in, they were met with an archway of green, yellow, and purple balloons in addition to streamers that were on the doors and hanging from the tables where the food was placed. People could also grab multi-colored necklaces from the front table to wear, as well.
There was an assortment of different foods that people could choose from including dirty rice, jambalaya and deviled eggs.
There were also desserts available, including cookies with purple, yellow, or green icing, and cupcakes that were also topped with these assorted icing colors.
Along with the necklaces that people could wear, there was also the option of decorating your own mask with feathers or jewels to make it look like you were at a masquerade. It was fun to see how different people put their own style into their mask and how many jewels they would try to stick on the limited amount of space. There was also a photo booth where people could put on different masks or objects and take a memorable picture with their friends.
In the back of the room there was a DJ that showcased a wide variety of music for this occasion and one student, Eve Jimenez Sagastegui, found this music to be particularly impactful: “I really loved the music, it’s music that I don’t hear too often. It makes me feel at home. It’s a good mixture of Caribbean music and Jamaican music and it makes me want to dance.” Showcasing different kinds of music helps create a more diverse environment for the students and others who do not typically hear this music on a regular basis. Most students only hear pop or rap music and it is a nice change to hear music that is culturally significant to an event.