It’s the time of year when Mardi Gras balls take over every weekend, and on Sunday Lafayette’s St. Barnabas Church youth group held a special one.
The ball was for children and adults with Down sydrome.
No detail was forgotten, with festive tablescapes and a DJ playing all the hit songs. The youth group’s leader says this is something they look forward to every year.
“For our youth group its one of their favorite events of the year. Its one of their favorite ways to give back. They just love getting in their nice dresses and coming over here and dancing with their friends,” says Etienna Wright.
Best friends Kate and Jasmine say they enjoyed attending the ball to make new friends. The event is a learning opportunity to see how much everybody has in common.
“They both like to eat, they both like to dance, they both like to dress up and have a good time. and it just shows them that people with Down syndrome or any disability are more alike than different,” says Molly Guidry with the Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana.
In its seventh year the event has become a highly anticipated tradition that only continues to grow.