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
By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – Little doubt about it, the competition level of the weekly racing show at Dodge City Raceway Park is difficult to match.There are no gimme’s on any given night in any of the track’s regular weekly divisions, including the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.While unpredictable in all divisions, the current streak of consecutive different winners in IMCA SportMod action borderings on the astounding.It’s a streak that will be on the line Saturday night, April 9 as the SportModis join in on the card that includes the fourth annual $1,200-to-win Dodge City Modified Stampede along with the DCRP Sprint Cars and sanctioned Hobby Stocks.The IMCA SportMod streak is one that dates back to the 2014 season finale when Nate Ginest raced to victory lane in the Jerry Soderberg Memorial championship event.Little did anyone know that was the beginning of a stretch of different winners that carries into Saturday night’s action. It’s a stretch that includes 14 different winners, including a 2015 season that offered up a dozen different winners in as many events.After Ginest closed the 2014 season, Jeremy Sigler kicked off the 2015 campaign with a season-opening win.And it went from there. Jeff Kaup, the three-time and reigning track champion, won next with Josh Appel extending the streak to four. Clay Money was next followed by followed by Austin Walker and then Angel Munoz getting in on the action to make it seven different winners in a row.Jason Lunow made it eight, followed by Alan Brewster, Mike Appel and then Dwayne Dechant. The 2015 season closed out with Mike Roach winning the second annual SportMod Mayhem event and then Jamie French closed out the season with a Soderberg Memorial victory to extend the streak to 13.Then, last week, young Dakota Sproul opened the 2016 season with his second career SportMod win and first at Dodge City to extend the streak of different winners to 14 in a row.Clay Money, a June 6 winner last year, stands as the only driver to win in the last 15 IMCA Sport Modified events at Dodge City with a 2014 triumph in the event preceding the season finale. Kaup captured the two events previous to that.Will the IMCA SportMods extend the streak to 15 in a row? Or will there finally be a return trip to victory lane for one of the previous 14?Tickets to Saturday’s Dodge City Modified Stampede that goes green at 7:30 p.m. are $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Michigan State Police of Alpena responded to 81 calls for service this past week between March 4 and March 10.Troopers arrested 11 men and women for causes related to operating while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, suspended licenses, no insurance and registration violations.State police handled 12 traffic crashes stretched across Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties. Up to 125 drivers were pulled over and 23 of them received traffic tickets. The remainder received verbal warnings.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 3 Girl Scouts to earn Silver Award on International NightNext Here with Beier: Red Dog, Red Carpet