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Mardi Gras celebration raises money for St. Paul's Cathedral School

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Catholics around the world are preparing for Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday as well as Ash Wednesday this week and local schools are using the religious time as a way to raise money.

St. Paul's Cathedral School hosted its biggest fundraiser of the year on Saturday. Its Mardi Gras celebration included a live and silent auction as well as a dinner. The fundraiser supports the school's operations and other expenses.

Kristin Moore is a parent of three students at the school and helped to organize the event. She says this tradition also honors its place in the community.

"It's a wonderful celebration of St. Paul's and its long history," she said. "We'll be celebrating the 100th anniversary coming up in a few years and I think we've really rallied to make this event something special."

Most of the 375 attendees have a connection to the school but there's a growing number of people not affiliated with St. Paul's taking part in the event because they enjoy celebrating Mardi Gras.

This weekend marks 37 years of the annual fundraiser for the school.