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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.

Dear New Orleans, Thanks for showing up last night. But, of course, you would. It was the perfect weather to kick off the biggest weekend of Mardi Gras, weather I'd been praying for as a first-time rider. I wanted my...
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...
I remember the day the music stopped, or rather the drums from the marching bands in the parade, like it was yesterday. It happened fast, but this is what I remember. Shots fired, lots of shots fired. People screaming...
It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and you may be wondering what you need to bring for a full day of parades. Thankfully we are semi-experts on parading with kids, and we have you covered with the 10 things...
If you have recently moved to New Orleans, welcome! New Orleans Mom prides itself on being the premier parenting website for New Orleans, and we have dozens of tips for enjoying Mardi Gras with kids. While sleep is about to...
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Mardi Gras Anxiety Is Real

Where are my Type A personalities at? Better yet, where are my Type As who don’t have a designated spot on the parade routes? With parade season now in full swing, I’m having Mardi Gras anxiety. It’s not that I don’t...
Sometimes when I read articles about Mardi Gras and see friends posting pictures from every.single.parade, I feel like such a Mardi Gras dud. I am not a ride or die Mardi Gras New Orleanian. Don't get me wrong, growing up...
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...
Mardi Gras has always been a part of my life. Being born here, my family celebrated the holiday annually just as we did birthdays, Christmas, Easter, etc. Our family did not head out of town for the school holiday....
Kid-Friendly Mini King Cake Recipe It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, so we are craving all the king cake! If you are looking for a kid-friendly king cake recipe, I have the easiest solution for you. I don't know...
I have a confession to make: I stink at Carnival. It is not my strength. I was born and raised here. I have been letting myself off of the hook because I don't find it that easy or that fun,...
2024 New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Schedule Below is the 2024 Mardi Gras parade schedule for the greater New Orleans area. If you are looking for the Jefferson Parish / Metairie parade schedule, click here. The Northshore parade schedule (Mandeville...
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...