Contrary to popular belief, Mardi Gras can be family-friendly. The festival seems like it was made for children, with floats derived from the depths of the most ingenious imaginations, costumes and masks that express an unending creativity, bold colors and joyous music abounding throughout the city. And, most importantly, the beads, doubloons and other treats thrown to the crowds from the floats are a child’s delight.
Mardi Gras season is well under way and we have all of your family friendly Mardi Gras info, plus a printable Mardi Gras bucket list!
Madri Gras Fun Fact: Rex selected the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872 to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff, whose house colors were purple, green and gold.
CAAWS MYSTIC KREWE OF MUTTS, “Semper Fideaux” Parade Sun, February 16, 1:30pm
The CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts is a family-oriented, fun-filled, parade and promises all a very special day. Mardi Gras colored costumes and pet-sized floats will roll along North Boulevard on Sunday, February 16th at 1:30 p.m. Parade begins at North Boulevard and St. Ferdinand Street, turning North at 8th Street and ending at North Boulevard and Fourth Street.
Krewe of Artemis “Come Rock ‘N’ Roll with Artemis” Parade Fri, February 21, 7:00 PM
The Krewe of Artemis 12th Annual Mardi Gras Parade will roll through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge on Friday, February 21st at 7 p.m. with the theme, “Come Rock ‘N’ Roll With Artemis.” Parade begins and ends at the corner of Government Street and St. Philip Street.
Krewe of Mystique de la CAPITALE Parade Sat, February 22, 2:00 PM
The Krewe of Mystique de la Capitale welcomes you to our 2014 Mardi Gras Parade as we celebrate 37 years of parading in Louisiana’s capital city. We are the city’s oldest parading Mardi Gras Krewe and we’ve shared 37 wonderful years of carnival fun in Baton Rouge. Our parade is family oriented and promises fun for all ages. Our parade consists of marching bands, 12 to 14 floats that represent our Krewe along with many local businesses, and charitable organizations.
Krewe of Orion “Legends and Landmarks” Parade Sat, February 22, 6:30 PM
The Krewe of Orion’s 15th annual Mardi Gras parade will roll through downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. This family-oriented parade begins and ends at the corner of Government Street and St. Philip Street. Parade goers will be treated to a lineup of exciting, colorful traditional lighted and tractor-pulled floats. Following the parade theme, “Legends and Landmarks,” each float will be decorated to depict well known area people and places. Masked and costumed riders will throw plenty of Orion parade theme medallions, footballs, cups, plush animals, swords, doubloons, lighted throws, and beads. Marching bands, as well as riding and marching units will be among the great sights and sounds at this wonderful parade.
Krewe of Southdowns Parade February 28, 2014 7:00 PM
This parade is Baton Rouge’s family-friendly evening parade that rolls through the Southdowns Neighborhood the Friday before Mardi Gras each year.
Beauregard Town Walking Parade, 12 Noon on Fat Tuesday
Parade begins at noon on Mardi Gras Day and snakes it’s way through Historic Beauregard town before ending at an unofficial, open to the public party with food and beverages. Everyone is invited to “join in” the parade! It is a human powered parade with bicycles, pedestrians, and peddle-powered “floats” welcome! The walk will actually be on the sidewalks, No Police will be needed to supervise for safety.
Family Gras 2014 will be Friday, 02/21/14 – Sunday, 02/23/14
This celebration of carnival and family takes place on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana.
Entertainment for 2014 Family Gras includes Cowboy Mouth, Amanda Shaw, former Journey member Steve Augeri, former members of the Electric Light Orchestra, Courtney Cole, Blood Sweat & Tears, Wilson Phillips and Montgomery Gentry. Local and regional artists set up in the Art Market, where you can buy their work throughout the whole festival. Flambeau Food Court vendors will be there cooking up Louisiana favorites, like jambalaya, crawfish pasta, muffulettas, pizza and gator-on-a-stick. There will also be local goodies like bread pudding and king cake.
Mardi Gras for families in New Orleans
If you are new to Baton Rouge and or Louisiana, the only place you should avoid with kids is the French Quarter. It’s best to see the parades when they begin on St. Charles Avenue near Napoleon, since parades can go on well into the night by the end of the parade route. The Garden District are of St. Charles is also family area where you will see many families enjoying the day and planting themselves to see the parades.
On Fat Tuesday, visitors are encouraged to join the local tradition of masking. Zulu, an African American parade, leads the long day of parades on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras itself. Children scramble for the much desired coconuts handed down by float riders. For a closer look at African American Mardi Gras experiences, North Claiborne and Orleans Avenue is the place to be.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Mardis Gras Bucket List