by Ethan Lachney
Mardi Gras season has arrived once again in Louisiana, and the students of Northwestern State University are letting the good times roll.
With classes set to resume at noon on Wednesday, students will have plenty of time to partake in various events happening around the state, such as in New Orleans, which began celebrating back in January, as well as locally in Natchitoches.
Saturday the Krewe of Dionysos, a krewe local to Natchitoches, hosted its annual family-friendly Mardi Gras parade. The krewe has been serving as host of the celebration in Natchitoches since 1995.
However, for many students, Mardi Gras is much more than the parties and parades.
Zion Blue, a freshman at NSU, views it as an opportunity to bring people together. “It’s a fun celebration that I usually celebrate with friends and family and even sometimes people I don’t know,” she said.
No matter how it is perceived, there is no doubt that Mardi Gras has become a staple of Louisiana culture, whether as a catholic tradition, or as just another excuse to party. The food, music, and parades found exclusively in the state are forever associated with the holiday.
In fact, people from all around the world visit New Orleans at Mardi Gras just get a taste of what many call a “once in a lifetime experience”.
However you plan to celebrate Mardi Gras, remember to have fun, be safe, and always remember: laissez les bons temps rouler.