French club brings mardi gras to TAMUK

French club brings mardi gras to TAMUK

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Photo courtesy of Alliance Francaise d'Oklahoma City

The saints came marching in and brought a taste of the French culture to campus. The atmosphere was full of smooth jazz and warm New Orleans inspired food.

The French club hosted their annualNew Orleans event at Texas A&M  University – Kingsville on Feb. 17 at Sam Fore Hall.

“The objective was to spread French culture and make sure students know what is going on, what Mardi Gras is and to make sure everyone has a good time,” said  Natalia Morales, animal science major.

People who attended for the first time also had the chance to help get the event together along with the veterans of the club.

“I attended a French club meeting last week and this was the topic,” said Steven Doughtery, electrical engineer major. “I did a little bit to make this come together.”

The French club took a few weeks to put the event together. To create the mood for the party, food was served from the Mardi Gras culture and entertainment that was provided by a small jazz ensemble made up of music majors.

“It took a few weeks of planning, getting together, making sure everything came in order,”   said. “Making sure everyone is doing what they can.”

The party held small competitions where the attendees tried to create the best mask, and a Mardi Gras king or queen was selected based on who got the plastic small baby from their piece of cake.

“French club promotes French language and culture,” said Svetlana Singer, lecturer of French education and advisor of the French club. “The event we are having today is Mardi Gras, so its part of the French culture and Louisiana, of course.”

The club has been having Mardi Gras parties for more than 20 years. And, the new members are still planning to keep the tradition of having the annual party alive on campus.

“I think it was a great party, I think people enjoyed the music, it was a great jazz band and good food, good company, so I think it was great,” said Singer.

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