Mardi Gras in O.B.
Dolph Chaney Junior creative writing major, wolfs down a piece of king
cake as Angela Lashbrook, senior Spanish major, details some of her
Mardi Gras exploits. Photo by Danny Dalstra.
Mardi Gras, or in En
glish, Fat Tues
day, is the last day
before Lent, a period of fasting. Catholic people take this
opportunity to have one last
feast of sweets or other decadent treats before they enter
the 40 days of fasting and
reflections on the sacrifices
Christ made. University of
Houston students are eager
to participate in the revelries
of Mardi Gras celebrations.
R.A. Angela Lashbrook was
aware of this sentiment and
hosted a Mardi Gras celebration in her room in O.B. Hall
on Tuesday, February 15.
dropped by Lashbrook's room
to see what she had to offer
for those who took part in the
celebration. Lashbrook told
them tales of her own Mardi
Gras exploits and displayed
beads that are often thrown
from the huge floats that characterize Mardi Gras parade.
She also displayed cups that
she had gotten while attend-
ing Mardi Gras festivities.
brought to residents the tradition and story of the "king
cake." In days of old, when
people tried to get rid of all
their sweets before Lent, they
would bake these king cakes.
Later, the tradition of placing a small, toy baby in the
cake would emerge. Whomever gets the piece of cake
with the baby would have to
buy the next cake.
happy to reveal her motive
for bringing Mardi Gras here.
"I became interested in Mardi
Gras when I attended the
New Orleans festivities," she
When asked what
Mardi Gras and it's celebration meant to him, Dolph
Chaney, junior creative writing major, replied cryptically,
" To those who know, the
knowing is not knowing what
is to be known but what was
to have been known."
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Lashbrook describes how she came in possession of these Mardi Gras cups as Erin Schaeffer, pre-pharmacy
freshman, looks on. Photo by Danny Dalstra.
Lashbrook displays some of the Mardi Gras paraphernalia she picked up
in New Orleans. Photo by Danny Dalstra.