These days when it's Mardi
Gras, it's Mardi Gras everywhere, and Highland Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center in Longview was not going to be left out of the party.
We bring you the Krewe of
One last ball before lent: Fat
Tuesday. Nearly one hundred residents, family and friends wouldn't miss this one,
including Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, who has been attending for
It's pretty obvious why: these
people know how to get down.
Highland Pines Administrator
Annette Simpkins said, "They're all dressed up and have their feathers and
beads and are dancing up a storm."
William McCreary, Resident
Council President said," It's gotten better every year and I think this is the
biggest so far."
The All American Jam Band was
living up to their name, and some residents like Letha got infected with the
crazy legs. The music just moved her.
"My Momma knows how to dance,
and I was born that way," Letha said.
Baby, she was born that way.
"You're the best dancer out
here," I told Letha.
"Oh, stop it," she said,
hitting me in the arm.
This is one party many
residents look forward to all year, but some like Charlene still try to stay at
least a little in control.
"Now, I don't get down to the
floor too much," Charlene Thomas admitted.
That's probably a good thing.
No one wants to end up dehydrated. But Letha just let the music move her all
The Highland Pines Annual
Mardi-Gras celebration has been going on for seventeen years, and we were
invited back next year...we wouldn't miss it.
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