A carnival paraded through Bannatyne Lodge care home as residents and staff threw their own Mardi Gras party filled with fun and laughter.
Mardi Gras refers to the events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian holidays of Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and is held in many countries around the world.
Residents had fun making their own party masks, hats and garlands which they used to decorate the retirement home. They took part in the parade, dancing and playing musical instruments to the popular holiday song “La Macarena”.
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After the parade, residents enjoyed cheese and wine while being entertained by the nursing home’s “three amigos”, caregivers Ann Ellison, Susan Phelan and activities coordinator Dawn Minto.
Dawn said: “We discussed the idea of a Mardi Gras party and the residents loved the idea of doing everything to go with it.
“They chose their own designs for the masks and we recycled cake liners into garlands.
“It was so much fun having a parade, playing musical instruments and dancing to lots of upbeat music.
“After the parade, we ate cheese, wine and cake pops decorated with chocolate and sprinkles. It was a wonderful afternoon.
Julie Armstrong, House Manager of Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, said: “Everyone looked great in their masks, hats and garlands.
“The residents all said it was a lot of fun and they’re already looking forward to the next party.”