Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Going to the Mardi Gras!



Photo taken by Danielle Bolerjack, a student in my photography class.


A little glitter, a few feathers....


A little paint, some sequins, some trim...


Some harlequin wrapping paper...


Some cardboard....lots and lots of cardboard....


Some imagination....


Lots and lots of beads....and, of course, the fleur de li....


This is the Mardi Gras....

The terms "Mardi Gras" (pronounced /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and beads and costumes, many celebrations, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc.



I guess you HAVE to have some jazz players!


Paint and feathers and glitter are a must!


Many hands make light work!!!


Again, the magic of cardboard...


Beginning stages of a black and white mural-


Somewhere in the middle-



Finished!!! This is supposed to be Bourbon Street!!!



Through researching to find some of the pictures and traditions I need to create my cardboard magic, I have been taking a little trip to the Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street and the French Quarter without ever leaving NW Iowa. Our Juniors and Seniors will enjoy "A Night at the French Quarter" during Prom this year. It involves so many students, teachers, business sponsors, fund raising, decorating, planning, committees of students, and committees of parents, shopping, shopping and more shopping! You have to have the right dress, jewelry, shoes for prom, after prom clothes and shoes, the right car, makeup and hair styles. This year, I have been made more aware than usual that the date HAS to match perfectly, right down to the vest, tie and flowers!!!

Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another. ~Author Unknown

More than anything, I hope the kids enjoy a night they will never forget, that they appreciate all the hard work and expense it took to get them to the "Mardi Gras", and that they are safe and sound, back in their beds in the morning!

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. ~Dave Barry

1 comment:

Susan S. said...

That looks beautiful.....your NOLA is even better than the real thing! The crowds and rowdy people are just too much for me anymore. When I go to NOLA I usually go in the Spring, when the weather isn't TOO hot but the crowds are less. I hope everyone has a blast at the PROM.....it's gorgeous. Have a blessed day!