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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.

This year I am riding in Nyx. Although I used to ride in the Metairie parades on Mardi Gras day with my family, I am excited because this is my first time in an Uptown parade. It is also my first...
Let's be real, Metairie parades have a bad reputation. The big show is in New Orleans. All the super krewes with coveted throws roll there. The city is party central from the Quarter to the Avenue. The tourists may book a...
2023 Metairie Mardi Gras Parade Schedule Below is the 2023 Metairie Mardi Gras parade schedule (and Jefferson Parish). If you are looking for the New Orleans parade schedule, click here. The Northshore parade schedule (Mandeville / Covington / Slidell) is...
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...
Mardi Gras Survival Guide for Moms Surviving Mardi Gras as a mom who wants to go to ALL. OF. THE. PARADES. is more of an art form then anything. With four littles, it isn't always easy for us, but it...
'Tis The Season It's that time! For some of us, this holiday season trumps all others, we count down until it is officially time to have king cake as a food group, play Mardi Gras music, wear majorette boots as...

On Parenting At Mardi Gras

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If you have recently moved to New Orleans and not yet experienced the joy that is Mardi Gras with kids, the season can be extremely overwhelming and intimidating at first. New Orleans Mom is here to help with all of...
Like most of my fellow New Orleanians, I love a good party. And for my fellow native New Orleanians, we can find just about any reason to have one. Good report card? Nice weather? It’s Tuesday? You better believe a...
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...
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...
I am riding in Nyx this year. A few days ago, I set the kitchen table with all the supplies I needed to start decorating my purses to throw: glitter, paint pens, paper, marabou, hot glue, etc. Right when I...

Mardi Gras Anxiety Is Real

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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...

Break out the Beads

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“Mama, my friend at school said Mardi Gras is cancelled.” He looked at me with his big brown eyes, waiting for me to assure him that Mardi Gras would go on as usual. I knelt and wrapped my almost four-year-old...
Here in New Orleans we are lucky to have the carnival season as the perfect cure to post-Christmas blues. Taking down all of the gorgeous Christmas decorations (and maybe New Year's Eve decorations) got you a little sad?! Well,...