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Recap: Hastings French Honor Society hosts Mardi Gras celebration

Kids of all ages gathered into a large crowd under the bridge above the commons to catch Mardi Gras beads. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 6
A bouncy castle overlooked by a wizard was a part of the fun put on by the French Honor Society's Mardi Gras celebration. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 6
One of the games for the evening was a mini-golf game. Kids could collect tickets that could later be traded for fun prizes. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 6
There were over 20 different carnival games for guests to play from a Duck Pond to races. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 6
Balloon animals were a part of the festivities for kids, along with other Mardi Gras-themed crafts. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 6
Guests could trade their collected doubloons from playing games to get fun Mardi Gras-themed prizes like beads, horns and sunglasses. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 6

The Hastings French Honor Society celebrated Mardi Gras on March 5 with a community event that featured games and food.

The annual event held in the Hastings High School commons is a fundraiser for the group. Community members and students celebrated French and Mardi Gras traditions, said Claire Biscoe, a junior and member of the French Honor Society.

"For as long as I've known this has been going on forever in Hastings," Biscoe said. "It's a good fundraiser ... and also something fun for the community."

The mostly student-run celebration included over 20 games and foods like crepes, jambalaya and couscous, she said. It also offered others like pizza and a cupcake eating contest.

About 30 students helped organize the three-hour event, Biscoe said.