Fat Tuesday, Karneval, Carnival and Mardi Gras.

The celebration prior to the fasting season of Lent, which ends the day before Ash Wednesday, is known by many names. In Germany, it is called Fasching or Fastnacht, which means the eve of the fast.

“I missed (Fasching) so much that I requested permission to have a celebration at church,” said Bettina Blackburn, a Holy Family Catholic Church parishioner. “That was a while ago now. It has since turned into an annual celebration. In fact, last year we had about 120 to 150 guests.”

This year Blackburn and the Holy Family Catholic Church will host its third annual Mardi Gras celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday at 1001 Georgetown Road in Copperas Cove.

“It will be a Mardi Gras German-style costume party and everyone is welcome,” said Blackburn, who plans, decorates and coordinates the party annually.

She said any costumes will suffice for the party, and there will be door prizes, raffles, live music, dancing and games. Pre-selected judges also will determine costume party winners.

Admission is $5 to cover the cost of the disc jockey and decorations. Dinner will consist of bratwurst, which costs $2, and homemade potato salad and roll for $1 extra.

“Lemonade will be served but you can bring your own beer,” Blackburn said. “It’s an 18-and-older crowd only but it will be a chance to hang out and have clean fun.”

Call Blackburn at 254-681-4777.

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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