Mardi Gras Mom Hack: The XL Sport Wagon

Mardi Gras Mom Hack

This Mom Hack is worth its weight in all-day snacks! Last year we purchased this XL Sport Wagon from Academy, featuring the jumbo wheels and amenities plus! It was a bit of a splurge but we knew we would get our money’s worth out of it.

There are currently three colors to choose from and several wagons that are fairly similar. I would warn against the tiny 5-inch or 6-inch tires and opt for these 10-inch all-terrain wheels. We use this wagon for Mardi Gras parades, and it’s perfect! But, it’s also a great beach wagon, so you’ll want the larger wheels that can handle sand a good bit better.


  • Two Front Cup-holder Pockets for Mom’s and Dad’s beverages
  • Easy fold and unfold for packing and storing (has a clip to hold shut)
  • Large wheels, as I mentioned above
  • Zip on insulated cooler bag that easily fits a six-pack, a few baby bottles, and sandwiches for lunch
  • Loop straps if you need to hang on to a folding chair or umbrella
  • Telescoping handle for easy reach

Wagon for beach is a must with a toddler

This wagon rolls pretty well and works great to carry all your throws back to the car! Plus a toddler and some other parade accessories! We also used the wagon as a nap zone on the beach. The sides are high enough that a baby can’t climb out. It kept my son out of the sand and in a clean space while he napped last summer under the tent.

We have really enjoyed this XL Sport Wagon. And let’s face it – Mardi Gras-ing with a bunch of kiddos is about as intense of a sport as they come! Storage, snacks, and naps galore!

Rachel Harris Ledet
A New Orleans native and entrepreneur, Rachel is a mom of four with an active schedule. Rachel maintains a daily balance of running her own marketing firm, 30|90 Marketing, managing her kids’ schedules, and maintaining extracurriculars including coaching dance, volunteering, and occasionally teaching courses. Rachel lives in Mandeville with her best friend and husband Lenny, daughters Addison and Amelia, stepson Luke, and son Tucker. With a family of six and a million balls in the air, Rachel keeps things light by continuously learning, spending time with amazing friends, blogging, finding any route to a concert or outdoor festival, and planning her next getaway with her husband. A sense of humor can get you through almost anything, so she tends to surround herself with fabulous and very funny people.


  1. How did you fold the wagon? I can’t figure mine. I don’t see a button or lever or strap. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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