Western’s Amigos celebrate their 30th annual Carnaval

Amigos event, Carnaval

Western’s Amigos celebrate their 30th annual Carnaval

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:30am

The Multicultural Center invited Western students to celebrate Mardi Gras Amigos style.

This year was the Amigos’ 30th year celebrating Carnaval. All students could enjoy food and drinks in the front of local establishment, Timbers, and those who were 21 or over were able to enjoy the bar in the back. The dance floor was open to everyone to enjoy the music.

“For the 30th Carnaval, we wanted more alumni to come down. We sent out emails and invitations to alumni from the Amigos, past presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, treasurers, to invite them down. To let them know that it’s still going on after 30 years, and that’s a big historical mark for our program,” said Jorge Zarate, president of Amigos.

This year, the turnout wasn’t what the Amigos anticipated, but they still had over 200 students come to enjoy Carnaval.

“Normally we have about 200-300 kids, so this year we hit the minimum. Other than that, it was a great turn out. We got a lot of good feedback from the students,” Zarate said.

Carnaval is not just a party—it is a tradition that has been passed on for generations. It is generally a big gathering of friends and family, all indulging in things they love before giving something up for Lent, a Christian tradition where an individual gives up something in their life from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday.

The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold, and green. Each color has its own significance. Purple represents royalty, gold signifies wealth, and green represents fortune and good luck. For the celebration, Amigos decked Timbers out in the color combination. 

The Amigos wanted to share part of their culture with other students by organizing this event. They hope that every year they can continue this tradition that is enjoyed by all students.