A Kids Guide to Mardi Gras

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Don’t worry, parents. Just because you settled down and had kids doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the thrill of Mardi Gras anymore. In fact, experiencing Mardi Gras with kids in tow can be a special occasion that enables you to view the festivities from an entirely different perspective.

Yes, kids can absolutely have a fun and safe experience enjoying Mardi Gras parades. Let our Kids Guide to Mardi Gras show you how.


Best Mardi Gras Parades for Kids

Most parades will offer kids the sense of wonder that comes with seeing massive floats bedecked with flashy colors, bright lights, and astounding sculpture work, plus kids love the festive costumes and endless amount of beads and trinkets that surround the masked riders on the float. But some parades stand out for one reason or another, and these parades are likely to stay in your children’s memories for years to come.


Best Spots for Kids to Watch Parades

The parade routes are long and wind through various parts of the city, some of which are more family-friendly than others. Here are a few of the best parade-watching spots for kids.


What to Pack

Picked your parade? Picked your spot? Now, you need to figure out what to bring along.

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Transportation Tips

Plan ahead for transportation. Driving? Know the street closures around the parade routes and where traffic will be most backed up so you can better plan your route. If you don’t have your own car, know that public transportation will be much more limited, particularly along the parade routes, including the shutdown of the St. Charles Ave streetcar. You may need to find another mode of transportation or walk further than usual depending on your situation.

If driving, consider where you’ll park. Often you will have to park in the neighborhoods, which can involve a lot of driving around looking for a spot and then plenty of walking from the car to the route, so be sure you budget extra time, if needed.


Last-minute Reminders

Here are a few final pointers to ensure your kids—and you—love your visit to New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

And finally:

Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)