Fat Tuesday brings soul food, jazz music

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Pierre Poree, member of the Bob Black Trio, plays a saxophone at last year's Mardi Gras event in the Fiesta Room of Loftin.  File

Pierre Poree, member of the Bob Black Trio, plays a saxophone at last year’s Mardi Gras event in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. File

By Sabrina Griffith

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students will have an opportunity to sample soul food and listen to live jazz Tuesday in Fat Tuesday, an event that is part of Black History Month.

Fat Tuesday, is celebrated on the last day of Mardi Gras, and the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites and was incorporated into the Christianity faith once Christianity arrived in Rome, according to history.com.

This college’s Fat Tuesday celebration will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the cafeteria in Loftin Student Center.

Jacob Martinez, a coordinator in the office of student life, said the menu will be chicken wings, red beans, dirty rice, cookies, tea and water.

Barbara Knotts, chair of creative media and chair of the Black History Month committee, said the event will continue until the food is gone.

She said DVJazz will provide jazz music.

If someone hasn’t eaten soul food before, it is an experience eating, she said.

Judy Clark, a retired staff member from this college, said soul food “comes from the soul — you put your heart and soul into it.”

“Food and music are always a great enjoyment,” Knotts said.

For more information, call Knotts at 210-486-0593.

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