Timmy Horvat, 8, of Perrysburg at the Environmental Club's contest at Mardi Gras. The French Club of Perrysburg Hiigh School hosted a Mardi Gras at the school today. About 300 were expected to attend.
With games, music, food, and prizes, the Perrysburg High School French Club celebrated Mardi Gras Sunday.
The French Club's annual Mardi Gras celebration was held in the Perrysburg High School Commons from 2 to 5 p.m. There was no admission fee, but participants paid a minimal fee to play games and to purchase food.
Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, refers 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. This year Ash Wednesday is Wednesday. Easter will be observed March 31.
Popular Mardi gras traditions include wearing masks and costumes, dancing, and parades. In some areas, Mardi Gras has come to mean the period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. The festival season varies from city to city with cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations, including Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.