St. Mary Catholic students celebrate Mardi Gras with parade


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s Mardi Gras! Students at St. Mary Catholic School in Wilmington celebrated the last day before Lent with one of their most anticipated traditions.

The students marched along the downtown Wilmington campus, with some wearing Mardi Gras-themed costumes and beads to mark the occasion. Some parents and teachers joined them for the parade.

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It ended with the students getting thrown beads from the second floor of the convent building, just like you’d see on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

St. Mary’s principal, Joyce Price, says this is one of the events students circle on their calendars every year.

“They look forward to this because every year, our middle schoolers come in, laden in the morning with all the bead collections that they’ve had over the years and we know it means something to them. So it’s been awesome,” said Price.

Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. It continues for about six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, which falls on April 1 this year.