Mardi Gras parades might be cancelled in New Orleans this year but that doesn't mean that you can't still celebrate Fat Tuesday! We have some great family friendly options so that you can continue to laissez "les bons temps rouler!"
Make a shoebox parade float.
Almost anything can be used as decoration for the float. Feathers, glitter, aluminum foil, and tissue paper are all good supplies to have on hand when decorating. You can pick a theme for your float or parade (ex: Animal Kingdom) and have a contest to see who wins "best float!" This is a great opportunity to use the odds and ends left over from other arts and crafts projects. Let your imagination run wild.
Don’t let the lack of parades dull your celebrations, pull out all the stops and decorate your house and yard. While some are using the leftover float decorations of Mardi Gras past you don’t have to be a member of a crew or live in New Orleans to get in on the fun.
My neighbors and mailman are enjoying the wreath I hung on my door and I plan to keep adding more decorations until Mardi Gras.
Yardi Gras has taught us not to throw out that pink flamingo and extra ribbon as pretty much anything goes.
Decorate a mask.
We have found some free templates that can be used to get you started. Mask decorating is a great project for kids (and adults) of all ages. You can simply color a mask or add bits of flair. To hold the mask in place either use a piece of string or elastic (left over from your Covid mask making). For another look try taping a chopstick or straw to the side of the mask to be used as a handle.
Celebrate with King Cake
Many grocery stores now carry King Cakes as part of their seasonal stock. They start to appear on Twelfth Night (January 6th) and will be available until Mardi Gras Day.
If king cakes are not available at your local grocery store, you can order online and have one delivered to you. You could even try baking one. There are lots of recipes online that start with cinnamon rolls if you don’t want to try baking from scratch. Or you can pick up a king cake kit which couldn’t be easier to make. The one we have listed has praline filling which is delicious!
Traditions are a big part of Mardi Gras; we hope you have fun starting a new one with your family!