Celebrate Mardi Gras at Your School Cafeteria


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Mardi Gras is a carnival-like celebration that occurs every year on February 28. The main theme of the event is FUN and that’s something children (and adults) of all ages can partake. Colorful costumes, masks, dancing, good food and (non-alcoholic) drink are all part of the festivities that are celebrated throughout the world, but most notably in New Orleans. So, with a few twists and innovative ideas, you can throw an appropriate Mardi Gras party in your cafeteria that your students will enjoy without going completely crazy.

Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday in English) are celebrations based on the French slogan, Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll), which begin on or after the Christian feasts of Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. So, what can you do at your cafeteria?

You may have already planned your menu items for February 28 but you can start by decorating your cafeteria to look like a masquerade ball with balloons, fringe door curtains and poly deco mesh wrap with stripes in traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. Colorful beads are a holiday tradition, so as students arrive in the cafeteria, why not hand out Mardi Gras beads, which they can hang around their neck? Most party stores have many of these items in stock.

Masks and costumes are an essential part of Mardi Gras. Venetian masks especially have become an emblem of these celebrations, with their gold, white or black backgrounds embellished with incredible detail and ornamentation. Free Mardi Gras paper masks, decorated or undecorated are available online. Students and/or staff can download dozens of masks at home and wear them to the cafeteria with or without a colorful costume. All of these masks come with easy to use instructions and can be made with basic home supplies, such as scissors, paper, cardboard, elastic string and glue.

Finally, you might want to think about piping in traditional Mardi Gras music, such as Louis Armstrong’s performing, “When the Saints Come Marching In,” or Jelly Roll Morton singing, “New Orleans Blues.”

For more promo ideas to wow your students, check out SNA’s 2016-17 promotional calendar.

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