Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Sooner Mardi Gras celbration

Freshman Taylor Derring is preparing for the parade by making her Mardi Gras mask. (Photo by Colbi Beam)

Oklahoma's only Mardi Gras parade will take place here in Norman. Some Catholic students are excited about sharing their traditions with the Norman community.

This will be the 15th annual Mardi Gras parade in Norman. The theme this year is "Celebrating ancient cutures-- In a time warp" and the celebration will include floats, revelers, musicians, dancers, and animals in a family friendly setting free of charge. Last year's parade brought in more than 3,000 visitors; planners are anticipating an even bigger turn out this year.

"It is nice to have a celebration of this event because there aren't very many Catholics in Oklahoma," Gigi McCormick, senior, said. "It is good to be able to share this fun celebration with the Norman community and experience Mardi Gras in its true fashion."

The parade will begin 6:30 Saturday Feb. 21, 2009 in the historic downtown arts district of Norman.

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