Dillard University, a cornerstone of cultural heritage and educational excellence, proudly hosted an array of Mardi Gras celebrations from February 5th to 7th, blending vibrant tradition with educational insights and community engagement.
The celebrations commence on February 5th with an iconic visit from the North Side Skull and Bone Gang. Adorned in bone-white suits and skull motifs, their visit and performance served as a strong reminder of the deep-rooted cultural narratives that Mardi Gras embodies, encouraging reflection on the past, present, and future among students, faculty, staff and community members.
Demonstrating the university’s commitment to responsible celebration, the Student Government Association (SGA) distributed King Cakes to the student body on February 6th, coupled with essential safety guidelines. This initiative exemplified a seamless integration of enjoyment and precaution, ensuring a safe and joyous experience for all involved.
The celebrations reached a vibrant climax on February 7th with a royal visit from distinguished figures including the 2024 Queen Zulu-Select, A. Angelique Roche, King Zulu-Elect, Melvin Labat, and the 2024 Queen of the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, Dominique Bright-Wheeler J.D. Joining these royal visitors were members of the Zulu Tramps, along with Mister and Miss Dillard University, who extended a warm welcome to the royalty.
This occasion offered students and senior citizens the unique opportunity to decorate and exchange official Zulu coconuts, embodying the spirit of community and shared joy that Mardi Gras represents. Reflecting on the week’s events Ashley Brown, a junior studying Film and Business, shared her thoughts on the festivities, stating, “Mardi Gras is a time for community, for being with loved ones, and celebrating together.”