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Larchmont Kids Let the Good Times Roll on Mardi Gras

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Sofia Rosenbaum, a first grader, was one of about a dozen Larchmont children parading around the Larchmont Library wearing a hand-made mask to celebrate Mardi Gras Tuesday.

Christine Hollings, children's librarian, organized the Mardi Gras Parade to introduce kids to the holiday. She read them stories, played Cajun music and had them make their own Mardi Gras masks. As the glue attaching the blue feather and glitter to her white mask dried, Rosenbaum and the rest of the excited children listened to a Mardi Gras story read by Hollings.

"We were excited to celebrate this special holiday," said Sofia's mother Nancy Nalven, who has taken Sofia to the library since she was 3 years old.

"She's a first grader and this is perfect for her,” Nalven said.

Before the start of the parade walk, from the Burchill Children's Room to the adult section on the library's main floor and back, the kids needed just one more thing -- beads. As the kids lined up for the five-minute indoor parade, Hollings had parents hand their children purple, green or yellow beads, which she said are always used for Mardi Gras.

"It's good fun, the kids really enjoyed it," said France Russell, whose daughter Isabella enjoyed making the mask most of all.

When the kids returned to the Children's Room, they were greeted with King Cake, which is a traditional cake for Mardi Gras. Before bidding them farewell, Hollings taught the kids the Mardi Gras slogan -- "Let the good times roll," -- which translates into French as Laissez les bons temps rouler .

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