FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199
Mardi Gras celebration features music, masks and
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Mardi Gras, Slippery Rock
University-style, will be celebrated Feb. 16 as part of the
University's International Arts and Cultures series.
theme for this year's celebration is "Let's Dance." The celebration
will be from 9 p.m. to midnight in Carruth Rizza Hall and will
feature the music of Afrika Yetu and Don Na. The SRU event brings
together the myriad elements of Mardi Gras from different cultures
that have shaped this global holiday.
Mardi Gras, French for "Fat Tuesday," is traditionally celebrated
the day before Ash Wednesday as a last fling prior to the 40 days
of Lent that precede Easter. It will be celebrated nationally Feb.
In the spirit of the celebration, participants are urged to
dress in Mardi Gras colors and to bring their own mask - or make
one at the event. The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple,
green and gold. Chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex, the
colors represent justice, faith and power.
department of modern languages and cultures, Office of
International Services, University Program Board, Student
Government Association Late Night programs and the SRU French Club
are sponsoring the event.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public
residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students
with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally
combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and
learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their
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