Youngsters get into the carnival spirit for ‘Fat Tuesday’

PARADE  St John's College students celebrate Mardi Gras
PARADE St John's College students celebrate Mardi Gras
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PUPILS in fancy dress joined their French counterparts for a fun-filled celebration of the Mardi Gras carnival.

Youngsters at St John’s College aged from two to 11 years arrived at the Southsea school in outfits to suit the theme of this year’s party – King of the Mediterranean.

Mardi Gras, which literally translates as Fat Tuesday, is the French equivalent of Shrove Tuesday.

Activities on the day included pancake making and a pancake race, bracelet and bangle design, a boules competition and carnival mask making, before a colourful parade led by the Carnival King and Queen.

Archie Shaw, seven, dressed in a diver’s suit and was crowned carnival prince. He said: ‘I had a fantastic day.’

Julia Golding, French teacher, said: ‘The children really entered into the spirit of the carnival and learnt a lot about this cultural event.

‘We even had a little Mediterranean sun to help us along!’