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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.

2009 was the most epic Mardi Gras ever. I was a carefree college student, and living in a prime location at the time — walking distance to Superior Grill, the Streetcar line, and the Columns Hotel. It was also...
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...
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...
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,...

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Simply put ... I Mardi Gras with a baby and toddler because I Mardi Gras-ed when I WAS a baby and a toddler. I have so many childhood Mardi Gras memories and each one is a treasure to me....
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...
Within the 6 blocks of the French Market District, you can find whatever it is you are seeking related to Mardi Gras for your mind, body or taste buds! We encourage you to break out the stroller, drive down...
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...
Disclosure :: this post is sponsored by Touro Infirmary. It’s Carnival Time! Everyone in New Orleans has their Mardi Gras traditions - your favorite spot on the avenue, a go-to bakery with the best king cake, a parade you never miss....
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,...
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...
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...