Friday, February 17, 2012

Older Adults, Seniors Celebrate Mardi Gras (Nursing Home Residents in Video 1:26)

Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, my hometown, and in other cities greatly enhance older adults' quality of life. Mardi Gras Day will be next week on February 21 on "Fat Tuesday," the day before the Christian season of Lent starts. Older Adults celebrating this world-famous Carnival season often have parties and small parades. Many nursing homes and senior communities participate in the fun. Street parades attracting thousands of local residents and curious tourists occur daily. Parades are held during the day and at night.
Growing up in New Orleans, I loved this magical season. Mardi Gras parades created wonderful memories for me. The excitement of swimming in an ocean of festivity, the buoyancy from living fantastic fantasies thrilled my senses. They connected me with the same wave of wonderment flowing through every child who ever lived on this planet.
I store my New Orleans memories in a marvelous, mental, treasure chest painted with purple, green, and gold brush strokes, the official colors of Mardi Gras. All grown up, I still smile when I look inside. No doubt, many older adults will be smiling during Mardi Gras season now and in the future.

Upcoming Mardi Gras Day Dates

  • February 28, 2017
  • February 13, 2018
  • March 5, 2019
  • February 25, 2020
  • February 16, 2021
  • March 1, 2022
  • February 21, 2023
  • February 13, 2024
  • March 4, 2025
  • February 17, 2026
  • February 9, 2027
This video includes nursing home residents in small Louisiana communities participating in outdoor and indoor Mardi Gras celebrations that entertain all ages:

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback at many booksellers and in e-book form at Amazon and Barnes and Noble booksellers.

1 comment:

  1. Good job for the nursing home. It's good that they came up with the idea to let the residents celebrate. I'm sure the residents had a lot of fun wearing their costumes and masks