It may be business as usual here in New England, but way down south in New Orleans they are having a huge party! Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) has arrived, and the whole city is celebrating! Celebrate Mardi Gras here at home and learn about the cultural roots of this exciting event through these resources that explore Fat Tuesday through music, food, literature and crafts!
Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists.
Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington LISTEN TO PODCAST: Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists. Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am Feb 9th & 10th, 2013 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley… Read More
Mardi Gras Costume Exhibit During Winklepicker Festival in Ashfield Feb. 17-18, 2012 In New England, costumes are generally reserved for Halloween (and maybe the occasional themed party). In New Orleans, however, costumes play an incredibly important role in the celebration of Mardi Gras. Families can learn about costume culture and creation at the Winklepicker Festival’s costume exhibit coming to Ashfield, MA on February 17th-19th, 2012! The festival’s theme is Mardi Gras, as… Read More
Winklepicker Festival Mardi Gras Ball w/ Buckwheat Zydeco & After-Party w/ The Primate Fiasco Saturday, Feb 18th @ 7pm in Ashfield, MA Continuing our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families has a pair of tickets to giveaway to one very lucky couple to the Winklepicker Festival Mardi Gras Ball with Buckwheat Zydeco at the Ashfield Town Hall (412 Main Street), followed by an after-party with The Primate Fiasco next door at Elmer’s,… Read More
Fat Tuesday! So, when you think, “Nan is down in New Orleans for Mardi Gras!” you are probably not thinking, “Babysitting!” But I am today! Nina and Lola and their friend Lily are all under my care today while their parents are down selling their leather Mardi Gras masks in the French Market. I had things to do today—finish sewing my costume in time for tonight’s Bal Masque, for example, so I… Read More
Notes from Nan: Help Support the Elmer’s Ball Point Pen Drive! BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati Every morning we start out with a stack of ballpoint pens for the waitresses to use and every night they’re gone. We think we know where they are. We think you got ‘em. We think you take them home with you. (Look in your car. Look in your pocket. Look in your hair and behind… Read More