Patients revel in Mardi Gras spirit

Photography by Peter Barta

Green, gold and purple-clad revelers joined the festive Mardi Gras parade to ring in Fat Tuesday at St. Jude with a rousing celebration.

Child Life specialists, donned in the traditional Mardi Gras colors and attire, kicked off the fun by assisting patients and families in the decoration of feathery masks and apparel. Employees lined hallways and clinical waiting areas along the parade route to throw and catch prized beads. The parade ended in front of the hospital’s cafeteria, but the party continued with refreshments for families and staff.

The annual event is sponsored by the hospital’s Child Life Program.