After Mardi Gras, What?

Tony Cook

Tony Cook

The days following the end of Carnival season in New Orleans find us feeling somewhat lethargic. After weeks of enjoying endless street parades, balls, and king cakes, residents of our city wake up on the day after Mardi Gras a bit dazed, if not confused.

Here in south Louisiana, February and March are transitional months. Winter into spring, Carnival into Lent, Popeyes fried chicken into crawfish and Friday fish dinners. Like the cruise ships on the river that passes through our city, sailing to the Gulf of Mexico and ports of call in the Caribbean, we go with the flow.

The kings and jesters of Mardi Gras shower the streets of our city with beads and other trinkets, filling our hearts with joy and satisfaction as we catch treasure after treasure. The day after the last parade, though, we look around our homes and wonder what to do with all the loot. Recycle it, store it in the attic, throw it in the trash. Maybe keep some of it on display to admire year-round.

Stepping outside on the morning after Mardi Gras, one senses a change in the atmosphere. Typically, tree pollen coats everything in sight, and buds, sometimes blossoms, are on the azaleas and hawthorne bushes. The sunshine feels intense and hot, more like summer than winter, certainly. Rain falls on this day some years, but does not bring the chill of winter with it.

After Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it is springtime. How wonderful to live in a city where the most anticipated and fun event of the year leads into the most comfortable, pleasant season of the year.

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Happy 95th Birthday, Delgado!

Tyler Scheuermann

Tyler Scheuermann

Happy Birthday, Delgado! Today, August 17, 2016, marks 95 years to the day that Delgado first opened its doors in 1921.

When the new school opened, it was known as the Isaac Delgado Central Trades School, and it was the culmination of years of planning, building, and realizing the dream of the school’s founder, Isaac Delgado. The Jamaican immigrant and New Orleans sugar magnate envisioned a school that would fulfill his intended dream to give his adopted city a place “to teach a boy a trade.” The new school on City Park Avenue opened its doors to pupils on August 17, 1921, offering a rigorous curriculum that offered something for everyone.

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Isaac Delgado Hall, opened 1921

Ninety-five years later, Delgado has evolved into a multi-campus community college that serves more than 25,000 students each semester, making it the largest higher education institution in the New Orleans metropolitan area and the second-largest higher education institution in the state of Louisiana. Programs and opportunities vary to meet the needs of each and every student. Delgado’s academic programs are designed to lay the groundwork leading to a career or a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution. Workforce and technical education programs continue to focus on Isaac Delgado’s educational vision.

This week starts a new chapter in Delgado’s story, the story of the community’s college that has evolved to meet the needs of a changing world over the past nine and a half decades. This week, new groups of students walk the same halls that thousands of their predecessors have walked, while new state-of-the-art facilities help keep the college’s programs relevant in an ever-changing, ever-evolving educational environment. Step by step, each student’s story will be added to Delgado Community College’s legacy, a legacy that continues to be built year after year to impact hundreds of thousands of lives.

As the college begins to focus on its centennial celebration in 2021, the mission remains more vibrant than ever. With a recent reaccreditation, evolving academic and certification programs, an engaged and talented faculty and staff, and ever-improving facilities, The Delgado family remains more committed than ever to providing opportunities and improving lives.

Delgado Community College stands ready to help lead students to success beyond our walls, just as it has done for 95 years and counting.

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Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center, opened 2016

Delgado Student Monica Simms Appears On The Today Show

Hilton Guidry

Hilton Guidry

Monica Simms, a Delgado Community College Culinary Arts student and single mother of three, is studying to be a pastry chef. She got the surprise of a lifetime today when she appeared on the Today Show on NBC to receive a $10,600 check from Arrowhead Mills and also a set of “Cake Boss” tools from Buddy Valastro himself!

You can see the full clip here (sorry for the quality, it was taken from my iPhone on the TV).

The Today Show website also posted a video of Simms in the studio; this version does not include her backstory and surprise video of her in New Orleans.