OSU Mardi Gras Parade
OSU’s Brass Band helped mark the end of what is known as “New Orleans’ biggest party of the year,” also known simply as Mardi Gras.
Along with playing the iconic jazz style, the band was also joined by OSU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions to take part in the annual Second Line Parade.
“It’s the history behind the second line parade was based on jazz funerals – most notably held in New Orleans,” OSU Director of Admissions Christine Crenshaw said.
Funerals where celebrating one’s life was encouraged by dancing in the streets to cheerful up-tempo music rather than mourning the passing of the deceased.
“The music’s so joyful that people along the street would dance along with it and they became known as the second line,” Crenshaw said.
The OSU’s Second Line Parade procession ran throughout the Student Union with those in the parade trying their hardest to get others to join in the fun.
“The second line is for everybody, and so, we celebrate it here because it has great cultural significance as a country, but also because it’s an opportunity for community and rejoicing and music,” Crenshaw said.
Even OSU First Lady Ann Hargis joined in the festivities wearing her best Mardi Gras attire and showing O-S-U students just how to celebrate on Fat Tuesday.
“I thought it was such a fabulous idea just to celebrate community, celebrate being together – movement, and also just to kind of promote america’s healthiest campus,” Hargis said.
A campus where it’s okay to indulge in a few cupcakes and some New Orleans King cake during the last day of Mardi Gras.
When asked why OSU president Burns Hargis couldn’t attend the Mardi Gras celebration, Mrs. Hargis responded with a somewhat heartfelt explanation.
“That fat boy on fat tuesday has meetings set up, so I’ll bet he’ll be with us next year cause he loves New Orleans, he loves jazz, and he loves the students,” Hargis said.
With Fat Tuesday officially marking the end of Mardi Gras, the OSU Office of Admissions is hoping to make the Second Line Parade an annual Cowboy tradition.
“It was absolutely great. Yeah, I highly recommend it, and I hope it just grows and grows,” Hargis said.
To learn more about the Mardi Gras celebration, where it originated, how long it lasts, and some fun facts, click here.