fbpx

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.

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...
I grew up going to Mardi Gras, just like my dad did and just like my own children will. I remember when the Arthur Hardy magazine would hit the shelves each year and scrolling through in awe at the...
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!!!”...
Whew, Mardi Gras is over. I can honestly say that this Mardi Gras holiday was a very emotional one, but we all came together as a community and still made the good times roll. On another note, I can proudly...
Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras Craft How To Make Shoe Box Floats to Celebrate Mardi Gras With Kids It's Carnival time! Is there any better season in New Orleans with kids? No! Mardi Gras is pure magic, and it always means craft time...
'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...
If you have recently moved to New Orleans, Mardi Gras with kids can be extremely overwhelming at first. But trust us - you want a Muses shoe! How to Catch a Muses Shoe (And Other Elusive Carnival Throws) "A shoe, a shoe,...
I admit it. I'm not a fan of Mardi Gras. And I know there are many (at least several, maybe) of you out there that feel a hint of solidarity when you hear someone else say they do not like...
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...
One of my favorite aspects of being a New Orleans mom is giving my kids the gift of Mardi Gras. I married into a New Orleans family, and I lived a childhood void of what I now consider THE BEST...
Life is too short to keep eating the same traditional, go-to king cake favorite every Carnival season. The 2023 Carnival season is especially short-- only 47 days (from Jan. 6 to Feb. 21). This means that you have less...
Kid-Friendly Mini King Cake Recipe It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, so we are craving all the king cake! If you are looking for a kid-friendly king cake recipe, I have the easiest solution for you. I don't know...
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...
If you have recently moved to New Orleans, Mardi Gras can be extremely intimidating and confusing at first. In fact, some of us (like me) don't care too much for the season. That said, if you are interested in enjoying...