The Grade 4’s have had lots of fun this week learning about the world renowned Festival of Mardi Gras and how it was held annually in Fish Hoek during the 1960’s and 70’s.

For many years, if you had said “Mardi Gras” to anyone in the Cape Peninsula they would have replied “Fish Hoek”. The Mardi Gras Festival grew to be an annual event drawing hundreds of people to watch the procession on Fish Hoek Main Road. It was started by Lynette Barling, who soon became known as “the Queen of the Mardi Gras”.

The wearing of masks during a Mardi Gras celebration is common. In many countries, Mardi Gras masks all have a common theme: they are normally decorated in purples, greens and golds. These masks are very elaborate and can be covered in glitter, sequins and beads.

Our Grade 4’s rose to the challenge of making their own Mardi Gras mask’s from scratch. Vibrant colours were used, embezzlements carefully chosen to create their final products which we thought were  really festival worthy.


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