Tuesday, February 21st was the last day of Mardi Gras, which began on 12th night and ended at midnight when Lent begins. This was the day when the most elaborate parades with the most elaborate floats are held. Here at St. Joseph’s Home we held a magnificent Mardi Gras Parade, including some of our Residents, Little Sisters, Staff, and Volunteers and visiting Seminarians. Our theme this year was Broadway Musicals, featuring representations from beloved classics to current Broadway productions.
Leading the parade were the King and Queen of Mardi Gras, Residents Vera Iannelli and Robert Gray.
Our first musical featured the 2011 production of Sister Act, presented by our own Little Sisters and Staff member. Their singing filled the room with the spirit of the Lord.
Presenting the treasured 1943 Rogers & Hammerstein classic, Oklahoma!, were Residents and Staff of the second floor.
Our Dietary Staff dressed for a toga party for the 1962’s “Best Musical” A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Our fourth floor Residents portrayed Peter, Tinkerbelle, Tiger Lily and the villain, Captain Hook from the 1954 Broadway musical, Peter Pan.
With the ground-breaking musical of 1968, Hair, all things where groovy and “Love was in the air!” To spread “Peace and Love” to all, were our Medical and Office Staff.
In all their gruesome glory straight from the 2010 Broadway musical, The Addam’s Family, were our Apartment Residents.
Our last musical representation was one of the most popular musicals of all time – Rogers and Hammerstein’s, The Sound of Music. Third floor Residents, Staff, their friends and family members, and our visiting Seminarians performed a few songs & scenes.
Thank you all for your participation and for giving us an amazing Mardi Gras!
Click here to view a photo slideshow from this event.