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Comment Archives: Stories: Special Sections: Beale Street Tonight

Re: “2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Pub Crawl


My name is Emily McMillen and I am a 2nd grade teacher at Peabody Elementary, a title 1 school in the heart of Memphis, TN.

Peabody Elementary is the International Studies Optional School for Memphis, and with that comes a commitment to a deeper understanding of the world around us and, more specifically, of the nations and cultures of the world. At Peabody each grade is assigned a nation to spend the year studying, learning about, etc -- the 2nd grade's country is France.

While planning out how we're going to incorporate France into our classroom over this next semester we came up with the great idea of having a Mardi Gras "parade" of our own, and spend lots of time immersed in learning all about Mardi Gras traditions, the role that the French played in the creation of this holiday, and more. Therefore, I was wondering if you all would be able to send my kiddos any sort of mardi gras beads, masks, attire, paraphernalia, etc that would help them become more entrenched in this holiday. Also, if you have any suggestions about how to best engage the 2nd graders, know any speakers/entertainers/etc in the Memphis area who would like to visit our classroom and present or share their knowledge of Mardi Gras feel free to spread the word.

Thanks so much for all of your help and support.
Enjoy the day,

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Emily McMillen
Date: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM
Subject: Mardi Gras is March 4 - 2nd Grade Parade/Carnival/Celebration/Etc!
To: Deirdre Jones , IRIS N MYERS , Audrey Farmer , Rachel Drozinski

That's a Tuesday....Mardi gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French....what if we do a whole 2nd grade something that day? (Here's a good article on the history:

Maybe each class make a "float" (this can be like our kids wearing masks, creating a body of dragons, etc) and have a mardi gras parade in the afternoon (with the kindergarden/1st graders our spectators?), we can "throw" things at the spectators parade style...get moms/dads/community members/etc involved? We'll have 9 weeks to execute this once the semester gets started, which is totally enough time if we're organized!

We can do stations in the morning where the kiddos make masks (instructions on making masks here), bead necklaces, learn french vocabulary words click here for more information on vocabulary, learn about the French ties to the holiday, eat pancakes or kings cake? (or something?) .... my reading non-fiction articles of the week will be all french themed/incorporate a deeper understanding of the true, historical significance of this holiday...etc

game/activities for our stations:

mardi gras powerpoints and games:

mardi gras crowns:
Create your own Mardi Gras crown with this free download: a color and cut-out Crown.

mardi gras masks:
Mardi Gras Mask made with a paper plate and popsicle stick. Fun craft for kids! Mardi Grad Mask made out of hand prints

mardi gras necklaces:
Mardi Grass Bead necklace made with colored pasta
other family friendly crafts: &

enchanted learning has tons of mardi gras printables:

here's where we can create all of our nonfiction passages: &

history of mardi gras: & &

Merry Christmas!
Send me your thoughts!
Have a wonderful holiday,

Posted by Emily Larkin McMillen on 12/30/2013 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Rudy Williams

Rudy still makes a beautiful sound. klk 2/23/2010

Posted by victordog on 02/24/2010 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Beale Street Tonight

The ONLY city?

Alan if your guests told you that Clarksdale has no live blues, you need to get some guests who know what they are talking about.

Posted by Powergamz on 09/24/2009 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Beale Street Tonight

Well I happen To Think That NOLA Is The ONLY City Where You will Find Real Blues & Jazz" Music Live, Sure You have kansas City & Chicago(I Performed In Both Cities Before) But Never In NOLA, I Have talked To Many Many Artist On My Radio Show "The Alan James Morning Show" Live On KSJF RADIO And They All say That NOLA Is The best Place On The Planet For Performing Music.So Forgive Me? But I have To Dissagree With The last Commenter On This Article, Its A Good To Comment In A Normal or Positive Manor, But As My Mother used To say" If Ys Ain't Got Nothin" Good To Say About Somebody" Then Don't say Nothin" At All"
Witch In My Openion Is Just What That Last Comment Did" Said Nothin"
To All My Friends & family In NOLA Luv Ya" keep That City Alive" We Trully Need It To Be Here" Alan James-KSJF RADIO (Internet Radio)
Tune In here>>

Posted by ksjfradio on 09/24/2009 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Beale Street Tonight

After my last experience at Kings Palace I would never go back even if the food might be free. Poor service, bad food and an overcharge on my bill was enough for me!!

Posted by BootieToo on 08/30/2009 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Albert King

Not from Memphis, but like many others, came here on his way to a successful music career.

Posted by Paul Edwards on 01/29/2009 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Albert King

good article was he originally from memphis was chicago his second home what part of town?

Posted by charles dehart on 01/29/2009 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Beale Street Tonight

"It Ain't Snowing in Memphis" Looking out the window. Feeling cold inside. It ain't snowing in Memphis. Chilling to the bone. Baby by my side. It ain't snowing in Memphis. How I wish I were in Memphis. Walking down Beale St. Sipping on a Coke. Hearing BB sing the Blues. Cause it ain't snowing in Memphis. Cause it ain't snowing in Memphis.

Posted by Lamar Cole on 08/31/2008 at 12:05 PM

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