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UTSA community invited to Rowdy Gras March 4 at UC Denman Room

Rowdy Gras

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(March 2, 2014) -- Rowdy Gras – a new UTSA version of New Orleans' Mardi Gras -- will be celebrated 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 4 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) at the Main Campus. The UTSA community is invited to celebrate the rich culture and customs of our Louisiana neighbors.

There will be live New Orleans jazz, free t-shirts, free authentic Creole/Cajun food, beads, masks, face painting and more. Meet at Sombrilla Plaza at 11:45 a.m. and join in the parade to the University Center, alongside jazz musicians and other party-goers.

"Mardi Gras, or Carnival, is a celebration held worldwide, and our goal is to experience and enjoy customs that others hold dear. We hope that it will grow into an annual UTSA tradition," says Herb Ganey, interim director of the University Center and New Orleans native.

The UTSA event is a collaboration of the University Center, Student Center for Inclusion and Community Engagement, Black Student Union and University Center Program Council.

Mardi Gras began as the yearly celebration of Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent, where Catholics have their last opportunity to enjoy the things they will give up for the next 40 days. Over the years, the event became a tradition enjoyed by persons of all faiths and cultures, and attracts nearly a million tourists to New Orleans each year.

The largest Mardi Gras carnival is the Carnaval in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with an estimated two million participants per day during the few days leading up to Fat Tuesday. Other cities with famous Mardi Gras celebrations are: Mobile, Ala.; Barranquilla, Colombia; Quebec City, Canada; and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

In New Orleans, festivities begin several weeks before Fat Tuesday and include parades, balls, carnivals and many other events. Traditions include throwing beads and other trinkets to parade-goers, holding King Cake parties, and wearing colorful costumes and masks.

 

 

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For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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