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Spanish Club’s Carnavál Parade at St. Louis School in Clarksville

Carnival, or “Carnavál” as it is known in Spanish, also known as “Mardis Gras” in French, is today a blend of many cultures. Almost every culture can claim a colorful celebration, dance or parade using masks in its history. 

The roots of this celebration probably come from the Roman Catholic tradition of celebrating the night before the long season of Lent begins with fasting.   They called it “Carnevale” in Latin, which means “to put away meat.”

The Spanish Club at St. Louis organized a mini-parade celebrating Carnavál this past Wednesday, February 26.  Mr. Hughes and Mrs. Courtney, moderators of Spanish Club, assisted Club members in decorating maracas and constructing masks for the parade.

The parade began in the Spanish Club room, with members shaking their maracas and playing Carnavál music while marching through the halls of the school. They visited all the After School Clubs and the After-Care program “tossing sweets to the spectators” and ended outside School for observing parents.

The Spanish Club is one of the many extra curricular activities and clubs offered at St. Louis School. To learn more about our Blue Ribbon School of Excellence visit http://stlouisparish.org/school/.


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