On the occasion of this year’s Mardi Gras, Playa Flamingo hosted a celebratory Mardi Gras parade with floats, beads and lots and lots of candy! Of course, Abriendo Mentes didn’t want to miss out on this fun event, so we gathered children and volunteers and went to Flamingo to take part in the celebrations!
In preparation for Mardi Gras Tuesday, the kids made fun “under the sea”-themed decorations for our float – a truck, big enough to fit both those who signed up for going and those who didn’t in time, most kindly donated by Bahia Del Sol. On a Fun Friday, we let our creativity loose and colored sea stars and sea horses, made tissue paper squids and fish and painted underwater landscapes.
Finally, the day came for Mardi Gras and the truck arrived in time for us to decorate it with all of our art, a bunch of balloons and Abriendo Mentes signs. Once decorated, the truck full of children and volunteers headed out to starting point of the parade, Banco Nacional.
With the sun baking down on all of Flamingo the parade slowly began making its way to Playa Flamingo, music blasting out from speakers strategically placed on top of a car, children smiling and laughing and gathering candy and beads from dressed up people on colorful floats.
As the parade started coming to an end, the kids descended the float to have their go at collecting candy before the truck made its way back to good old Potrero, all of us yet another great experience richer.