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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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Seriously, we live and play in the coolest city ever. Even with Alabama throwing shade this way, our version of Mardi Gras is top notch. Mardi Gras is about bleeding purple, green and gold. It is about majorette boots, sequin...
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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...
Mardi Gras with kids can be a blast with a bit of planning and setting your expectations LOW. We have four kids ages 2 through 10, and every year we have more fun than the last. With a few simple steps, we are...
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I never in a million years thought I would find myself dancing in a tutu and fish net stockings in front of hundreds of people in  Mardi Gras parades. I am pretty conservative and very self-conscious, but in 2011...
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...
I initially decided to join the Krewe of Cleopatra because one of my clients suggested that it would be a great way for me to network. This particular client owns a Mardi Gras supply store, so he should know...
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The holidays are a stressful time, period. Now that I’m a mom, there is added pressure to make sure everything is perfect so my son will have the same magical memories I have from my childhood. Amid decorating my house,...
It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and you may be wondering what you need to bring for a full day of parades. Thankfully we are semi-experts on parading with kids, and we have you covered with the 10 things...
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...

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