As you know our One Mom’s Opinion on Dance Teams was pretty much all over Facebook and the internet! We got a lot of positive comments and some not so nice ones. One of the emails we received was from a local Dance Team Director, who agreed with our post. She also helped us out by posting these Mardi Gras Parade Dos and Don’ts to help us remember how to act when bands and dance teams pass by!
Mardi Gras Parade Dos and Don’ts
Mardi Gras Parade Dos
- We love when the crowd is dancing and cheering us on! We want to see everyone having a good time and enjoying themselves, it makes our experience even more rewarding.
- Compliments are always welcome. The dancers put in long hours of practice time to be able to show off in front of a crowd. This may have been a dream of a small child who is now dancing.
- It’s ok to tell nicely us to smile, sometimes the dancers need that extra encouragement.
Mardi Gras Parade Don’ts
- Tell a dancer that they are too heavy to be dancing. Nine times out of 10 they can dance circles around you.
- Tell a group they are not diverse enough. These are the dancers that signed up for our team we did not turn anyone away for any reason.
- Make negative remarks about where we live. Just because we may be from a different region of the parish does not make us trash or worse.
- A dancers abilities are not defined by the color of their skin. Please do not make reference to the fact that they can or cannot dance because of such.
- Do not be upset if a chaperone taps you on the shoulder. You may have been enjoying the music or having fun with your friends and didn’t hear them politely ask you several times to back up.
- Run through the middle of a team, this is for your safety as well as the dancers. When dancers perform, they may not see you. We understand you want to get to the other side of the street but please do so before or after the team has passed. Our dancers are our priority and we will not allow you through. In the past we have had dancers slapped in the face, their back side’s grabbed and drunk fools dancing inappropriately behind them. We will not tolerate that. You will be escorted from the street.
- In regards to all the negative remarks, please keep them to yourself. We should not have to dry tears on a parade route because of some of the nasty things said. The dancers work hard and now are having the opportunity to see their hard work in action, to take that pride away from them is wrong. We know we need to have thick skin but sometimes there is only so much that a young person can take.
How would you like it if these were your daughters dancing? If you wouldn’t want anyone to say and do the things you are doing then don’t do them. The Mardi Gras Parade Dos and Don’ts really boil down to – JUST BE NICE! So be nice and have a great time at the parades this weekend!
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