Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated the Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. However, some Notre Dame students celebrated early by traveling to New Orleans last weekend to participate in the festivities.“Something that many people don’t realize is that Mardi Gras Day actually marks the end of weeks of celebration. The season officially starts on Jan. 6, ‘The Feast of the Epiphany,’” Elizabeth Owers, a senior from New Orleans, said. “The timing can vary depending on the length of the season, but generally the balls will be held during January, and most parades happen the two weeks before Mardi Gras.”Mariana Tumminello, a freshman from New Orleans, returned to New Orleans a few weekends ago for the ball of the Krewe of Janus. She said a krewe is an organization that puts on a ball and/or parade for the carnival season. Tumminello was Queen of the Ball, a position that she was put up for when she was five years old, she said.“This year, three of my friends from New Orleans came home for the ball with me. One of them, Courtney Denault, was a maid in my court. I also was able to bring four friends [from Notre Dame] back with me so they could come to the ball and experience a little bit of Mardi Gras,” Tumminello said.Tumminello said her favorite traditions included king cake, parades and watching the tourists.“Every year my entire family comes in town and we stay at a hotel downtown so we can go walk around the French Quarter and all be together, while my dad and my uncles ride in a parade called Hermes,” Tumminello said.Although Tumminello and Owers were not able to return home for the actual holiday of Mardi Gras, Tumminello said she plans to wear her purple, green and gold shirt and beads on Tuesday to connect with the celebration at home.“When you are not in New Orleans, it is very different. Tourists think Mardi Gras is a crazy drunk party … but it’s actually a very family-oriented event,” she said. “I’ve grown up going to parades with family, going to Mardi Gras parties with friends and just enjoying one of the most exciting times in my hometown.”Owers also said Mardi Gras is misrepresented as a holiday.“The images of drunken debauchery on Bourbon Street are not at all representative of most parades – they’re loud and crowded, but they’re a lot of fun and many areas are family friendly,” she said. “I loved being able to march and dance down the parade route, see my friends and family, and be part of such a unique tradition.“At its core, Mardi Gras is a community event that brings people together and allows them to spend a few days just celebrating life.” Tags: Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Stars head coach Paul Put made only one change from his team that won 2-0 against Rwanda on the opening day, bringing in Mathare United top scorer Chris Oduor in place of Sammy Onyango who missed the match entirely.Compared to Rwanda on Sunday, Libya posed a bigger threat to the host nation and they were not afraid to attack, knowing they needed maximum points on their second match to boost their chances of playing in next week’s semi-final.They almost grabbed the opener in the ninth minute when Tubal Moahmed broke away on the right after evading Musa Mohammed’s tackle, gliding into the box to face Patrick Matasi one on one.However, the Kenyan shot stopper played the role of keeper-sweeper, swiftly coming off his line to slide in and sweep the ball away for a throw-in.Stars had a similar chance two minutes later when Oduor sent George Odhiambo through on goal from the left, but the Gor Mahia winger could not hit the net, Libya keeper Azzaqah Ahmed managing to keep the ball away with his feet.Libya goalkeeper Azzagah Ahmed towers to pick the ball during his side’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaTwo minutes on the turn, Odhiambo sought to make amends for missing what looked like an easy chance, collecting the ball from 25 yards out, finding shooting space and having a go at goal, but the effort went inches wide.Libya were not afraid to attack and their prowess on set pieces was especially worrying for the Kenyans. In the 15th minute, Almaryami Khalid sneaked in at the near post to glance in a header from Albadri Faisal’s corner, but the ball went over.The host side lacked the punch and pace on the wings they had against Rwanda in Kakamega, probably due to the absence of Onyango who was gassing up either wing over the weekend. Oduor and Whyvonne Isuza who were interchanging on the right failed to punch in the needed pace.Three minutes to the break, a combination of Khalid and keeper Ahmed at the near post kept off Odhiambo from hitting the opener after the ball fellfell kindly on his feet on the right, headed back in by Oduor from a Wesley Onguso corner.At the start of the second half, Masoud who seemed to have picked up ankle injury in the first half was hauled off for Kepha Aswani. The Kariobangi Sharks forward was rushed to hospital immediately.Libya’s Madeen Muhanad tracks down Kenya’s Massoud Juma during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaStars kept their feet upfront in search of an opening and five minutes after the restart, Jockins Atudo saw his freekick saved by the keeper with the rebound cleared by the defense.Put made his second change, bringing on Ovella Ochieng for Chris Oduor after 65 minutes, looking to punch up the pace on the wings.But it was Libya who almost grabbed the headline with Moahmed’s volley from the right after Faisal’s freekick was nodded down going wide from the right.Stars had two chances in quick succession go begging, first Isuza’s curling shot from inside the area after picking up Ochieng’s cut back going against the bar while Odhiambo’s returning header was tipped over the bar by the keeper.Five minutes to go, Duncan Otieno found some shooting space from range and he took one of his favorites, the ball rising over the bar by inches.On the other end, Atudo was forced to clear the ball off his line after substitute Saeid Saleh managed to tap the ball away from keeper Patrick Matasi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Musa Mohammed vies for the ball with Libya’s Tubal Moahmed. PHOTO/Raymond makhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 5- A visibly jaded Harambee Stars dropped points in their second CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match after being held to a goalless draw by invitational side Libya at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Tuesday.Despite the draw, Kenya still maintained their lead in Group A with four points after two matches with Zanzibar second with three, though the island nation who Kenya faces next have played a match less.