A few days before Fat Tuesday, on their last day of school before winter break, the pre-K and Kindergarten students at Red River Elementary School celebrated Mardi Gras with a big parade. About 800 students at school that day circled the parking lot to watch and yell, “Throw me something mister!”
Sheriff Glen Edwards lead the parade along with kindergarten student McKenna Hardy in a wagon pulled by her great aunt Melinda Hardy. Hardy is an instructor at the school. They were followed by all of the pre-K and Kindergarten classes.
The children made their own costumes or masks. Some decorated their t-shirts. And every child had a big bag of goodies to throw to all the other students (and many parents) lining the parade route. As you can see in the pictures, a great time was had by all.
Elementary School Principal Shenell Deville told The Journal they do it every year. Deville said, “They have been doing the Mardi Gras Parade for many years before I became principal a couple of years ago. We are just celebrating Mardi Gras. The children learn the significance of Mardi Gras in Louisiana culture.”
Schools in Red River Parish are out this week for winter break, which includes Mardi Gras. And this year, Valentines comes the day after Fat Tuesday. So there are two days to celebrate this week. Classes resume on Monday.