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March 7, 2011

p16 Designer: Linda Karlsson


Last year, more than 10,000 people attended Chinatown’s Mardi Gras. Participate in the fun and chaos this year! Photos by Riana Stellburg

Cont. from P1

a bad reputation because of masked people with violent behavior. The press wanted an end to the festivities, but six men stepped up and saved the carnival in the late 1850s by creating the Comus Organization, a crew that added beauty to the festival and demonstrated that the Mardi Gras celebration would be safe and a festive event. In 1872 the crew of Rex introduced the colors purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power) that most of us associate with Mardi Gras. They also started the tradition “King of Carnival.” The Rex crew is also believed to have started the bead tradition by throwing inexpensive glass necklaces off their float.

The celebration was interrupted several times during war but came back because the crews kept the traditions going. In the late 1870s the celebrations faced another setback when the 117-year-old-tradition of walking in the French Quarters was prohibited. Today, Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the world with a variety of traditions and celebrations. Most of them do, however, link back to the true meaning of Mardi Gras, to celebrate before Lent. Many countries celebrate by having big parades, balls and street festivals, just like the good old times. Map and more information on the last page of Kalamalama.

G I V I N G U P ? ? ?

MALL RATZ Oswald Bumanglag Digital media major Senior Waipahu

“Give in instead of give up. Give more of myself to something else. I like to challenge myself with giving up more than one thing,” - Oswald Bumanglag

Carmen Cheung Business major Senior New York

“Shopping. I live one block from the mall, so it’ll be hard. It’s my major weakness,” - Carmen Cheung

Sione Finau Communication major Junior New Zealand

“I plan to give up fast food and procrastination. I’m also going to commit to reading the Bible every day,” - Sione Finau