Mardi Gras comes to Jupiter

Former French III students patisserie booth at Mardi Gras.

Palm Beach County School District

Former French III students patisserie booth at Mardi Gras.

On Feb. 13 students enrolled in a French class at Jupiter High participated in their own Mardi Gras festival on campus.

Twelve years ago, Madame Glenda Sidman started this event to not only celebrate Mardi Gras but also share the cultures of Francophone countries.

“I have witnessed magnificent projects done by those who otherwise struggle with perhaps grammar. It warms my heart to see this opportunity to show the culture of francophone countries,” Sidman said.

Each level of French was required to contribute to the event in specific ways.

The French I students made and display a famous monument from Francophone countries such as the Reims Cathedral or the Arles Amphitheatre.

French II students manned the booths they created of a French speaking country. They displayed crafts, served samples of typical food from the country and shared cultural facts about the country.

French II student, junior Danielle Groner, was in charge of the Madagascar booth this year.

“The event is a fun get-together for all the French classes and I love looking at the other projects and trying the food booths,” Groner said.

French III students created an entire booth and serve traditional French food/beverages related to Francophone countries. For example, some of the popular booths at Mardi Gras were: croque monsieur, crêpes and wine.

Junior Erica Russell is in French III, and her project this year for Mardi Gras was the wine booth-vignoble-in French.

“I love seeing everyone that comes out to enjoy our hard work,” Russell said.

The level IV students wore “STAFF” t-shirts and oversaw the event. Level V students acted as judges for the ribbons and trophies resented for “Best in Show.”

“Seeing our students embrace the richness of the language, the culture, the amenities of these countries is so inspiring,” Sidman said.

Additionally, any French student regardless of the French level, was allowed to replace their project with a dance performance as Can-Can dancers. The Can-Can dancers danced their way through Mardi Gras while jazz musicians played New Orleans style music.

The King and Queen and Mardi Gras was decided through the tradition of eating a slice of cake and seeing if their slice had a baby doll inside of it.

Junior Zayne Melnick was one of the French III students in charge of the crêpe booth this year at Mardi Gras.

“I’m looking forward to seeing who eats the baby this year and the Can-Can dancers,” Melnick said