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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.

A little over three years ago, my husband and I, newly married, packed up all of our belongings and made the drive from Dallas to New Orleans. I can still vividly remember waving at my parents as we left...
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As I sat through four parades today, watching what seemed like the endless procession of scantily clad, fully grown women headed down St. Charles Avenue, I thought to myself, where are these women’s daughters? Where are the mortified girls asking...
Five Ways to Use All Those Mardi Gras Beads Ah, the parades are over, the kids are still home on Mardi Gras break, your feet and head ache, and the beads ... the beads have taken over! Here are five ways...
Disclosure :: this post is sponsored by University Medical Center New Orleans. Carnival season is in full swing in New Orleans! It’s a great time of year to gather with friends and family for picnics on the parade route, throw...
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There is no place like Houma. I say it often, and truly mean it. We love New Orleans absolutely, but we also love our Houma. If you didn't know, Houma offers some fabulous Mardi Gras parades. Here are some reasons why you...
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 have recently moved to New Orleans, Mardi Gras can be extremely intimidating at first. But never fear; New Orleans Mom is here to help! While you shouldn’t plan to sleep a lot during parade season (yes, you need...
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,...
I like naps. Like, a LOT. For me, for the kids, whoever. I totally squandered my nap time in kindergarten and I regret it to this day. I live for their weekend naps: I'm super productive ... or I'm...
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 ......
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...
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...