Kids on parade: ACS holds annual Mardi Gras event
Published 7:00 am Friday, February 5, 2016
Wednesday afternoon the Robin Ford Parker Adcox Kewe of Mother Goose Annunciation had its annual Mardi Gras parade.
The kindergarten krewe, made up of students from Annunciation Catholic School, sat in floats decorated with themes taken from Mother Goose stories and parades twice down the sidewalk through Goodyear Park. At the head of the children’s parade, MCCA Krewe royalty, including King James Dunaway and Queen Linda Thompson Slade tossed beads to children and parents who lined the route.
Veda Matthews, the principal at Annunciation Catholic School, said the parade has been a regular event for years. It was started by its namesake, Robin Parker, a former teacher at the school.
Matthews said she was pleased with this year’s parade.
“Every year the floats get bigger and more elaborate,” she said. “We have a tremendous turnout from the MCCA Krewe.”
Matthews said the stories on the floats are part of an ongoing lesson in the kindergarten classes. She explained that the students will revisit the stories throughout the year and the characters for various class assignments.
Of course, without cars or tractors to pull the floats, the ACS Krewe of Mother Goose run on human sweat — particularly that of seventh and eighth graders. Although some of them seemed to be slowing down by the second lap, Matthews said the older kids look forward to their role every year.
“They think they’re cool because they get to pull the floats,” she said.