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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.

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I never in a million years thought I would find myself dancing in a tutu and fish net stockings in front of hundreds of people in  Mardi Gras parades. I am pretty conservative and very self-conscious, but in 2011...
I initially decided to join the Krewe of Cleopatra because one of my clients suggested that it would be a great way for me to network. This particular client owns a Mardi Gras supply store, so he should know...
If you have recently moved to New Orleans, Mardi Gras with kids can be extremely overwhelming at first. New Orleans Mom is here to help! Below are some of the best tips for Mardi Gras beginners and enjoying this...
The Best Homemade King Cake Recipe A few years ago, I set out on a quest to make a homemade king cake that would rival the ones we pay $20+ for at bakeries around town. (Though if cooking is not...
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...
This year I am riding in Nyx. Although I used to ride in the Metairie parades on Mardi Gras day with my family, I am excited because this is my first time in an Uptown parade. It is also my first...
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,...
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 ......
The soundtrack of every parade is a harmony of drumlines, metal barricades grating against each other, piercing sirens, screams for beads and the tapping of marching band boots on pavement. It sounds like Popeye’s fried chicken tastes and is...
Seriously, we live and play in the coolest city ever. Even with Alabama throwing shade this way, our version of Mardi Gras is top notch. Mardi Gras is about bleeding purple, green and gold. It is about majorette boots, sequin...
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...

The Good Side of Glitter

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Across the city of New Orleans, just before and all during, women (and men too) are breaking out the glitter. We are in prep mode for our parades across the city in Cleopatra, Muses, Nyx, King Arthur and more....
One of my favorite aspects of being a New Orleans mom is giving my kids the gift of Mardi Gras. I married into a New Orleans family, and I lived a childhood void of what I now consider THE BEST...