Families have been participating in the Mardi Gras celebrations since the beginning. Children enjoy watching the parades with Krewes dressed in magnificent costumes performing on top colorful floats. The city does become very crowded during this time, so be prepared. It’s a good idea to stay away from the touristy areas when choosing a spot to hangout. Make sure to bring some bottled water and small snacks as it may be difficult to get food without a wait. Here are a few ways to make your family’s Mardi Gras experience the best possible.
What kid doesn’t love to play dress-up? It’s always a festive sight to see people dressed as kings, princesses, or imaginary creatures. So, let your kids join in the fun and have them wear crazy costumes while attending the Mardi Gras parades. If you want to keep it simple, have them wear the official colors of Mardi Gras, green, purple, and gold. Don’t have time to throw a costume together before heading down to NOLA? No worries, there are plenty of costume and vintage shops scattered throughout the city, you’re bound to find something for the entire family.
Find The Perfect Parade Spot
Along St. Charles Ave between First Street and Napoleon Ave is the best location for families to enjoy the Mardi Gras parades. This area is away from the big party spots including Bourbon Street and Canal Street. Note that St. Charles will still be crowded, so make sure to keep a watchful eye over your little ones. It’s also a good idea to figure out where the closest restroom is located. During the Mardi Gras season, New Orleans places port-o-potties around the city to compensate for a large number of visitors. Watching the Mardi Gras parades is a great way for kids to experience the festivities. They may even have an opportunity to catch a souvenir during a throw. Keep an eye out for throws that include decorative plastic cups, colorful beads, and doubloons.
Take In A History Lesson
Educate your family about the history and traditions of Mardi Gras. The best way to do this is by visiting one of the Mardi Gras Museums within New Orleans. Your first stop should be the famous Mardi Gras World. This giant workshop is where more than 80% of the parade floats are constructed. Take a tour and view the float building process, along with tons of costumes and historical exhibits.
Keep Your Itinerary Flexible
With everything happening in the city during Mardi Gras it’s important to be flexible with your plans. Due to crowds, certain attractions may not be open. That’s okay because there is so much to do down in New Orleans. Sometimes, you get the most out of a new city simply by wandering around the different neighborhoods. If the crowds become overwhelming, consider taking a day trip to the Louisiana Bayou and take in a swamp tour. You’ll have the chance to see local wildlife and experience the other side of NOLA.