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The campus is invited to join in a French-flavored Mardi Gras celebration 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Farinon Center Atrium.

The celebration will include cheese, gumbo, crepes, and other food. Wine will be available for tasting for those with appropriate ID.

The French Club is organizing the free event, which is co-sponsored by the Wine Society and department of foreign languages and literatures.

The association between Mardi Gras and French Club has its roots in various facts, notes Christopher Reyns-Chikuma, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures: “The words Mardi gras are French; one of the most famous places for Mardi Gras is New Orleans, which is connected to French culture; Mardi Gras is connected to food, and France is famous for its gastronomy; it is also related to drinking, but we want to show that drinking wine does not mean getting drunk, but tasting; moreover, this year is the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase; and finally, we wanted to give the Francophiles an opportunity to meet in a fun atmosphere.”

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