Mardi Gras is for everyone, and the Mercy Endeavors Senior Center ensured that their older residents could take part in the celebration of carnival season.
See the following account from the Mercy Endeavors Senior Center:
To involve their seniors in local Mardi Gras tradition, Mercy Endeavors Senior Center hosts an annual Mardi Gras Ball, complete with a King, Queen and three maids. On February 17, 2014, at Ashe Cultural Center on 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, the Queen, Ms. Barbara Pierre and King, Mr. Eustis Guillemet joined their three maids, Ms. Theresa Augustine, Ms. Lois Payne and Ms. Lois Thomas in reigning over a festive luncheon with music provided by Captain “Chickie Chickie” Charles. A Second Line dance competition, a toast to the royal court and exciting door prizes completed the fun afternoon.
Honorable Paulette Irons served as Master of Ceremonies and presented the court to the attendees. Mercy Endeavors Senior Center’s Activities Director, Vicky Brister and center’s nurse, Sylvia Barial arranged for the festive afternoon for the seniors.
“For our local seniors, Mardi Gras Balls are part of their history, so they love to get dressed up and attend our Ball” said Executive Director, Sr. Jane Briseno. “The King and Queen especially love this event because they get recognized as our King and Queen at all of our celebrations throughout the rest of the year.”
Mercy Endeavors Senior Center is a faith-based senior activity center that encourages older adults to live their life to the fullest by supporting their independence, self-respect and vitality. Each year, Mercy Endeavors serves 100 seniors from the Irish Channel/Lower Garden District neighborhood. Our program includes weekly bingo games, medical assessments, recreational outings, cultural enrichment, computer instruction, bible studies, exercise classes and two daily meals.