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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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The Good Side of Glitter

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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...

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