Fat Tuesday fete celebrates Mardi Gras at Central

A Mardi Gras celebration is taking place Fat Tuesday at San Jacinto College Central Campus.
The Office of Student Life and First Year Experience (FYE) are coming together to host the event. Both organizations aim to get students involved in campus activities and ensure they enjoy their experience while attending San Jac.
Although FYE primarily reaches out to first-year students, the celebration is open to everyone.
Althea Henderson, Administrative Assistant for FYE, said the celebration will feature traditional Mardi Gras fare.
“We will have a table where we give out King Cake, masks, and beads to students,” Henderson said.
Mardi Gras is celebrated in many areas around the world. While not observed nationally, many U.S. cities stage notable tributes. New Orleans and Galveston are among the cities featuring a major celebration.
Gretchen Medearis, a San Jac student from New Orleans said she is pleased the College is commemorating the event.
“I love that they’re having a Mardi Gras Celebration. That makes me miss home,” she said, “I will definitely be going to it.”
Furthermore, Medearis explained the traditions of Mardi Gras. She said the King Cake usually has a small plastic baby Jesus in it and whoever gets that piece of cake has good luck. She added the beads are gold, purple, and green because the colors represent royalty.
This year’s Mardi Gras celebration will take place March 4 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Student Center.