Mardi Gras 2013 is Tuesday, Feb. 12 and a simulation of what this year’s festivities will be was presented by Northport K-8 Northstar team students and their instructors as they brought the excitement and history of Mardi Gras to the school recently. Students decorated handmade floats, wore Mardi Gras adornments and threw beads as the younger students cheered them on their parade route. Northstar team band and chorus students led the parade playing their instruments and singing the grand old tune, “When the Saints Go Marching In!” Students participated in a Mardi Gras dance with a DJ. Students enjoyed Mardi Gras as a great mix of parades, music, floats and beads.
Northport K-8 students learned that the colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold and the parades take place on Bourbon Street, Canal Street and more streets in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The meaning and origin of purple, green, and gold in Mardi Gras: purple represents justice; green represents faith; and gold represents power. It's interesting to note that Mardi Gras colors influenced the choice of school colors for archrivals Louisiana State University and Tulane University (both Louisiana schools).
St. Lucie County School District’s Northport K-8 students will take a trip to New Orleans later in the school year to view historical sites and visit the famed area after imitating one of New Orleans most famous events with Northport’s rendition of Mardi Gras, Northport K-8 students will get to actually see the streets, colors and foods that make up a large portion as to what Mardi Gras and the city of New Orleans is about.
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) Jan. 2013