Most people think of New Orleans, a decidedly NOT family-friendly event, when they think of Mardi Gras. But there are definitely some family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations where you can bring the kids. Here are three:
Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Celebrations
Mardi Gras season in Shreveport starts in January and runs through February 17th. It features several celebrations and parades, including the following:
- Krewe of Centaur (Feb 7th) and Krewe of Gemini – over 400,000 attendees are expected at these, the largest parades in Northern Louisiana. Both have designated alcohol-free family zones across the route.
- Krewe of Highland Parade (Feb 15th) – a daytime, DIY parade that’s lots of fun for everyone
- Krewe of Barkus and Meoux (Feb 8th) – a kid-friendly parade for pets and pet owners
- Krewe of Aesclepius Children’s Parade (Feb 17th) – an alcohol-free, kid-friendly parade with children’s performing arts groups and other performances for kids.
Lake Charles hosts a Mardi Gras celebration that started January 6th and runs through February 17th. Over 140,000 people are expected. Events include:
- Parades, a children’s day, a gumbo cookoff, and more from Feb 13th-17th
- Annual chicken run Feb 17th
- The Krewe of Krewe parade, which features a “know zone” which is alcohol and tobacco free
If you can’t travel there during this time, you celebrate Mardi Gras anytime at Mardi Gras Museum, which is open year round.
Mobile, Alabama is home to the original Mardi Gras, which started in 1703. It runs from January 30th through February 17th, and includes a celebration of Joe Cain day (Joe Cain was the man who started the 1st Mardi Gras).