Mardi Gras, flamboyant holiday of floats, masks, and colorful beads celebrated throughout the world, has roots in spring and fertility rites dating back thousands of years. Eventually (to digress a bit), as ancient pagan rituals were absorbed into various Christian observances, Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday" in French) evolved as a way to celebrate with wild abandon before Ash Wednesday (the day after Fat Tuesday) that marks the beginning of Lent (40 days preceding Easter that require intermittent fasting if you're a member of certain Christian denominations). So let the wild rumpus begin! Join us at our Prince Street McNally Jackson, in Nolita, to read exciting books together and, as a nod to parade "throws," see what we can create with a flotilla of Mardi Gras-style beads. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks. All ages welcome. Free.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 11:30am