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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.

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...
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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...
Carnival season is around the corner, and it's time to pull out the beads, glitter, tulle and paints, and get creative for the upcoming Mardi Gras season! Today I am sharing a few, simple DIY projects to get you in...
If your family recently moved to New Orleans, welcome! After one season of Mardi Gras, you will soon own the largest collection of "go cups" ever. While you shouldn’t plan to sleep a lot during parade season (yes, you...
Mardi Gras attire has come a long way since I was a kid, y'all. I distinctly remember my Granny's multi colored 'tinsel' style wig that she wore with her purple, green and gold shirt. I was dressed as Alvin...
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...
The Ever-Starving Child and the Mardi Gras Snack Bag If your children are anything like mine, they are shoveling food into their mouths almost constantly while simultaneously complaining they're hungry. They eat ALL THE TIME. Parading for hours is a...
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Riding Down the Avenue

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The year was 1992, and I was 10 years old and about to ride in my first parade as a tomato. I rode with my grandma on Mardi Gras Day in one of the very loud truck parades that...
As we turned the corner of the civic center parking lot on the float, my heart swelled. There were at least 400 exhausted men standing on the sidewalk, bleary-eyed, arms crossed, all waiting for their girlfriend/wife's float. What I realized then is...
As I walk into work tomorrow clad in my purple, green, and gold 504 sweatshirt and my kids in their Mardi Gras striped polos, Randazzo’s kingcakes for their classes in hand, everyone will just stare blankly. “Happy Mardi Gras!!!”...
Every Who Dat in NOLA liked Mardi a lot, But the COVID who came into NOLA did not. COVID hated Fat Tuesday! The whole Mardi Gras season! Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.   It could be perhaps, that...