Fat, Shrove or Pancake Tuesday is the traditional feast day for many Christians that begins before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, kicking of the forty days of Lent leading up to Easter. At Delmanor Northtown residents started the afternoon of festivities with mouthwatering pancakes with a delicious selection of decadent toppings.
Pancake Tuesday is also referred to as Mardi Gras in some areas and has been celebrated for over three hundred years. In 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste arrived sixty miles south of New Orleans on the eve of a festival and named it Pointe du Mardi Gras. By the late 1830’s, New Orleans was holding street processions of masked horseback riders and carriages.
The Delmanor Residents and guests wore beads and masks to add to the atmosphere. The colour gold represented power, purple represented justice, and green represented faith. Everyone enjoyed wonderful refreshments, desserts and seafood, while participating in the fun & festive activities.
Music is always a significant component of any Mardi Gras celebration. For this years Mardi Gras event, Delmanor welcomed Ken Hazlett, an experienced music teacher with the Toronto District School Board for twenty seven years where he established one of the most respected instrumental music programs in Toronto. Ken sang with the Mendelssohn Choir and performed with the Etobicoke Philharmonic and York Symphony Orchestra. Ken has been working with youth bands for twenty five years, and has worked with the National Music Camp of Canada. He has even created the Riffintime Big Band in 2014. This high level of skill and experience, along with the the addition of the big band sounds of Dixie Land Jazz that New Orleans is famous for, made this an unforgettable Mardi Gras celebration for all!
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