On February 18th, St. Catherine’s sponsored a young adult Mardi Gras party held at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Campus minister Julie Bellefeuille and students from the University of Utah transformed Holy Family Hall into a dance hall for a classy affair. About 85 people attended this event, which was aimed at building fellowship among local Catholics. Students from the University of Utah, SLCC, Weber State University, and Utah State University came to the party, as well as young adults from various local parishes.
The evening included live music by Zach Marquez, a senior who studies music composition at the University of Utah. He has shared his talents with the St. Catherine’s community in the past by performing at the Fruit of the Vine fundraiser this Fall. Zach did covers of popular songs such as Love by Nat King Cole, Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra, and Rock This Town by the Stray Cats. His favorite part about playing for the event was watching Chandelle and Ian Raygor swing dance to his music.
Another highlight was the dance lesson taught by the Raygors. They showed the attendees how to do the Lindy Hop, and West Coast Swing is a descendant of this type of dance. Even if some of the young adults had never danced before, people were soon learning new moves. After the lesson, DJ AllyShea Sexton cranked up the music and had everybody moving on the dance floor. Overall, everyone seemed to have a good time. Student Alicia Munoz said she enjoyed meeting people from other universities, such as Weber State and BYU. It was encouraging for her to see the young adult community expanding because of people inviting their friends and widening their social circle. This event truly brought together young adults from all over the Valley to have fun and celebrate before the start of Lent.