The Fall River Public Library will bring out the feathered masks and bake up some King Cake for It’s Mardi Gras!, Tuesday, February 13th at 4:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. An assortment of activities awaits children 5 and up, designed to capture the color and flavor of this festive celebration.
The celebration will kick off with children creating their own Mardi Gras masks and jester wands, using a variety of materials including colored feathers and sequins. With their completed masks and wands, children can join in a Mardi Gras Parade throughout the library that will end at the Elm Street entrance of the building, where children will be greeted from the balcony above by King Rex, the traditional ruler of Mardi Gras festivities, who will toss colored beads and gold coins to his eagerly awaiting subjects!
Children can also sample a slice of King Cake, the official treat of Mardi Gras. The ring-shaped cake, decorated with purple, yellow and green colored sugar dates back to the 1870s. Keeping with tradition, a small plastic baby is always hidden beneath one of the slices of cake. The person choosing this piece must supply the King Cake for the following year’s party. The library will put a
new spin on this old tradition, with a special prize to be awarded to the child who uncovers the baby!
A display of children’s books detailing the history and traditions of Mardi Gras will also be on display.
For further information, contact David Mello at 508-324- 2700, ext. 4, or visit fallriverlibrary.org.