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 entrepreneurial mom, Rachel maintains a daily balance of running her own marketing firm, 30|90 Marketing, managing her kids’ schedules, and maintaining an active extracurricular life including teaching dance, volunteering, and instructing a digital marketing class at UNO. Rachel lives in Mandeville with her best friend and husband Lenny, daughters Addison and Amelia, stepson Luke, and new baby Tucker. With a growing family 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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