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Italian club plans Mardi Gras festivities

Feb. 23, 2001

By ABBy RICHARDSON

Reporter

If you can't make it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Galveston this year, don't despair: the Italian Club will present the Renaissance Carnevale for free admission from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Fountain Mall.

Justine Paino, a Long Island, N.Y., junior, and the chairwoman of the celebration, said the event will bring a taste of Renaissance Italy to the Baylor campus.

'We have school during the Mardi Gras celebration, so the Carnevale will give students a chance to celebrate if they can't make it to New Orleans,' she said. 'The Renaissance Carnivale will be cleaner and more appropriate.'

Paino also said that they chose to hold the Carnevale Feb. 27 because it is Fat Tuesday, the last day of the carnival celebration.

Mardi Gras is always the day before Ash Wednesday. People spend many days at the celebration to see the festive parades, parties and carnivals. In all, there are more than 70 parades in the New Orleans area in the two weeks before Mardi Gras.

Face painting, dancing and food will be included at the cultural presentation of the Renaissance Carnevale. The Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Italian Club students will perform Renaissance dances, and they will also teach the dances to anyone who wants to learn.

Italian foods such as pasta, lasagna and cannoli will be offered in a tent located in the front of the Fountain mall.

The Italian Club is holding the Carnevale for the first time, and the club members anticipate that the event will become a tradition.

Julia Kisacky, an Italian lecturer and the club adviser said she is excited about the new tradition the club is starting.

'I am thrilled by the steps we have taken this year, and I hope that the club will continue growing in the years to come,' Kisacky said.

April Helmbright, an Oklahoma City junior and the Italian Club president, said she is looking forward to the Carnevale event because people will learn about more about the Italian Club and the culture.

'The Italian Club wants to make its presence known, and it is through events such as this that we will make it happen,' she said.