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Mardi Gras for Kids

Cupcakes at Mardi Gras for Kids

Though it has a reputation for its festivities, those of us who live in New Orleans know that Mardi Gras is much more than just a party, it’s a cultural, community, and even family tradition. New Orleans Mom believes Mardi Gras shouldn’t be just a celebration for the grownups.  

Our Mardi Gras for Kids section is filled with ways to create “Fat Tuesday” celebrations for family members of all ages, but especially on how to make the carnival an event that your kids will remember forever. 

There are a lot of reasons to get your kids and family involved in Mardi Gras. Here’s just five that show what Mardi Gras for kids is all about. While there are a lot of ideas in this section, the readers’ favorite is also one of the most fun. Highlighting what is a tradition for many New Orleans kids, our step-by-step instructions on how to make a Mardi Gras float from a shoebox is just one of the posts that keep bringing readers back.

Of course, our Mardi Gras for kids coverage has a healthy number of posts on the carnival’s favorite foods, especially that timeless classic, the King Cake. Here’s one of our recipes for the dessert that’s as much a part of the Mardi Gras as parades and beads. Speaking of which, we also talk about how to make beads as part of our Mardi Gras celebration. 

Our team of more than 30 writers are local moms, with years of experience parenting through Mardi Gras. So before you break out the beads, take a bite out of the King Cake or find your favorite parade route, turn to New Orleans Mom for everything you need to know about how to celebrate Mardi Gras with your kids.

If you’re worried you haven’t been eating enough king cake lately, New Orleans bakers are making it easier than ever. With new deliciousness and specialty options added each year, we are deep into the king-cake-for-breakfast season. And now, in...
Throw Me Something Mista! :: 2022 Guide to the Best Throws from Mardi Gras Krewes Growing up in Nebraska, every spring my grandparents would send me a box of all their best throws from parades in New Orleans. I would...
Must Own Mardi Gras Books for Kids Some of these titles may be found at local bookstores :: Garden District Book Shop, Octavia Books, Tubby & Coo's and Blue Cypress Books. If you wish to shop online, Amazon affiliate links...
In 1947, the founders of the Krewe of Thoth intentionally planned their Uptown route with "institutions that care for persons with disabilities and illness" in mind. For decades, the Krewe of Thoth has brought Mardi Gras joy to pediatric...
We love helping New Orleans families celebrate Mardi Gras with kids! Whether it is finding a fun Mardi Gras craft, making your own shoebox float at home or figuring out the best books for children about Mardi Gras ......
10 Unique King Cakes to Try in New Orleans Note :: this post was first published in 2021 but has been updated for 2022. At the time of publishing, the author reflected, "Due to the cancellation of Mardi Gras parades...
The Easiest Kid-Friendly King Cake Recipe We don't know about y'all, but we're ready to celebrate Mardi Gras with our kids in New Orleans! If you are looking for an easy kid-friendly Mardi Gras activity to enjoy with your kids,...
Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras Craft How To Make Shoe Box Floats to Celebrate Mardi Gras With Kids It's Carnival time! Is there any better season in New Orleans with kids? No! Mardi Gras is pure magic, and it always means craft time...
Turn your lack of smiles into miles and run the route! On a “normal” second to last Friday before Mardi Gras, you can feel pre-parade excitement reverberating throughout the Uptown streets. Costumed revelers with folding chairs and coolers start assembling...
If you’re a mom who’s missing Mardi Gras parades this year (as we all are), there’s still a safe and easy way to celebrate and have fun with the kids: make Shoebox Floats! My name is Karen Konnerth, artistic director...
My struggle started this year on January 6, aka Epiphany, aka King's Day, aka the start of Carnival Season. I was minding my own business, quietly sitting at my desk in a nearly empty office, preparing to eat a slice...
While Mardi Gras may be canceled, there are still lots of activities in the New Orleans area to celebrate! This month if full of family friendly Valentines and Mardi Gras events. Make sure to check out these events offered...
Staked off spots. Majorettes. Brass Bands. King Cake for Breakfast. Purple, Gold & Green Beads. Glitter. That is what Mardi Gras normally brings, not in 2021. I am a transplant, but Mardi Gras is by far my favorite time of year.  My mini and I can...
Mardi Gras Will Happen, Here’s How! (Ways to celebrate Mardi Gras at home with your Kids) Mardi Gras will look different this year. No parades. No marching bands. No bead throwing. No coveted krewe throws. Coronavirus has taken a lot...