McNicholas celebrated its 71st annual Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 19 with the crowning of King Sam Noble and Queen Autumn Strebel. It was an evening full of festive tradition established by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1952.
In 1953, the Sisters of St. Joseph, the founders of our school, brought the Mardi Gras tradition from New Orleans to their new home here at McNicholas. Each February, we honor that tradition by celebrating the brilliance of our students during our annual Mardi Gras Pageant and Ball.
Mardi Gras is a party full of pageantry, entertainment, royalty, and dancing. The first Mardi Gras was a thank you to students for their help in running a successful raffle, but in addition to the tradition of Mardi Gras, the Sisters of Saint Joseph also established a legacy of service in our school. And so, as Lent approaches each year, we throw a party that recognizes our students’ character, leadership, and service to our community.
While the event honors the service and accomplishments of all our students, 40 seniors are especially honored during the pageant and the Mardi Gras King and Queen are crowned. These seniors, along with the 8 juniors and 8 sophomores who make up the Honor Guard, are voted on by peers and teachers. After the pageant, all of the students celebrate with a formal dance.