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Mardi Gras in Pagosa Springs

By Roxanne Schick
Special to The SUN

Mardi Gras was originally a family and village celebration to bring in the season of Lent.

Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated the Tuesday night before Ash Wednesday.  On this day, it is traditional to eat the last of the fatty, sweet, rich and fried foods because the Catholic Lenten days of fasting and abstinence begin on the following day, Ash Wednesday. It also is a time for costume parties, jokes and dancing.

On Feb. 12, at the IHM Parish Hall on Lewis Street,  there will be a party open to all Pagosans, with traditional Cajun foods like crawfish etouffe, gumbo, bread pudding and a king cake. Coffee and lemonade will also be served.

Father Don Malin has been growing a beard for the past four months as a fund-raiser to benefit the parish. The rules of the “beard-off” are that you can vote ($1 per vote) as many times as you want for him to either keep the beard or shave it off. Ray’s Hair Care will have a barber on hand to do the deed if the shave-off votes are the highest.  Also, the largest donor on either side of the vote will win a five-course meal for six people cooked by Fr. Don at the rectory.

There will be prizes for best women’s and men’s costumes, and dancing to Cajun music.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple, with funds going to benefit the religious education and youth ministries of the parish. They are available at Silver Dollar Liquor, Homespun Comforts, The Antler Shed, and after all the masses at both Catholic churches.

This story was posted on January 31, 2013.