How to Survive Mardi Gras with Kids

Updated: May 8

With Fat Tuesday right around the corner, moms across New Orleans are getting prepared for parades with the kids! Whether you're a first-timer or a regular parade attendee, you know it takes a lot of preparation to make sure your kids are safe, hydrated, and able to use the restroom at a moment's notice. Attending parades with a kid can be tricky, but thankfully we have a group of experienced women that have done this with some of their children since infancy.


Below are some of the best tips from the ladies of Black New Orleans Mom for surviving Mardi Gras with kids:



Essentials:

  • Precut fruit /granola bars

  • Insulated water bottle

  • Changing mat

  • Nursing cover or double shirt method for breastfeeding

  • Hat/Sunglasses

  • Hakka for pumping on the fly

  • Baby carrier/umbrella stroller

  • Extra blanket


Fun:

  • Ride along toys

  • Mini bottles of wine/spirits (purchase outside of the French Quarter area to avoid tourist tax)

  • Bluetooth speaker


Safety:

  • Safety wrist cuffs for smaller kids

  • Write your number on your child’s wrist/inside their shirt

  • Stick an AirTag in their pocket

  • Park near family homes or in well-lit areas

  • Leave valuable items at home!!!!



Essentials:

  • For smaller kids, bringing a ladder really helps but be sure to set up early in the morning to guarantee your spot

  • Pack light but wise. Bring a cooler or backpack that can store hot and cold foods for the whole family

  • Check the weather before heading to the parade and dress appropriately

Safety:

  • Have a meeting spot selected if your kids can't find you

  • Make sure you're practicing social distancing

  • Stay close to your children at all time, as children love to wander

  • Dress your kids in bright colors to help them stand out in a crowd


Fun:

  • Encourage your kids to have as much fun as possible while being super conscious of their surroundings. I tell my kids "Wild out here but do it responsibly".