The University of New Mexico Student Union Building hosts the annual Mardi Gras event Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the SUB atrium. The event is a celebration for UNM students to participate in festivities and grab a taste of Louisiana.

"Mardi Gras is always a popular event that showcases a unique atmosphere for our students to experience," Walter Miller, associate vice president of Student Life, said.

The SUB Marketing Department and co-sponsor, Student Special Events, provides UNM students the opportunity to decorate masks, play root beer pong and enjoy live jazz music by Le Chat Lunatique. Free food will be served starting with Jambalaya at 11 a.m. and King Cake at 12:30 p.m. Free Virgin Hurricanes and Mardi Gras beads will be available throughout the event.

In the spirit of celebration, the SUB Marketing Department will raffle off prizes, including gift certificates from local vendors and jumbo beads. All winners must be present to win. Raffle winners will be announced at 2 p.m. in the SUB atrium.

"The Mardi Gras party in the SUB is definitely one of the highlights of my year," past winner Ryan Wooley said. "It's kind of hard to beat. I always make a point to hang in the atrium for a few hours and enjoy the festivities."

Mardi Gras, French for "Fat Tuesday," is traditionally celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday as a last fling prior to the 40 days of Lent that precede Easter. The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. They were chosen in 1872 by Rex, the King of Carnival, to represent justice, faith and power.

For more information, visit:  SUB Mardi Gras