March is For Mardi Gras!

Team Mathews has a lot of native southerners, and we love to celebrate Mardi Gras! It doesn’t always come with the stereotypes that one might think. In our family, Mardi Gras is about the parades, costumes and most of all celebration with friends and family. So, for those who have never experienced the magic of Mardi Gras,  here are the top 5 things you should know, try, eat and see at Mardi Gras, with your family!

  1. If you plan on attending one of the more popular parades in New Orleans with the little ones in tow, it’s a good idea to invest in a Mardi Gras ladder. These ladders feature a box seat at the top and are available in local New Orleans hardware stores. The kids will get to see everything from this vantage point and avoid getting trampled, and you’ll know where your kid is at all times. The float riders also aim their throws at kids on ladders, so they’ll be sure to score big.
  2. The beignet, long an emblem of New Orleans food culture. Checkout Morning Call Coffee Stand in City Park. Found inside the park’s century-old Casino Building, the interior is done up with bare light bulbs, tile floors and mirrored counters. Waiters zip around the room in long white coats, black bow ties and paper hats. It’s open around-the-clock!
  3. Even at the St. Louis Zoo, kids rule Mardi Gras. With mask-making, beads and face-painting, this zoo celebration is full of fun activities and games. The event culminates in a stroller float parade, so bring your best stroller and wagon decorating skills to this free event and let the good times roll.
  4. “Fat Monday” is a celebration that’s just as fun as “Fat Tuesday,” but since it’s the day before the big party, it’s a bit more relaxed and a little less crowded – perfect for keeping track of the kiddies. At the Riverwalk Marketplace in New Orleans, live music and parades line the waterfront. Fireworks mark the king of the carnival’s arrival on the river by boat, where he is greeted by the mayor and officially given rule over New Orleans.
  5. Dress up! No matter where you wind up on Mardi Gras, it’s a time for dressing up and being silly. So take this chance to repurpose those Halloween costumes that you thought would never see the light of day again. Better yet, dress in matching costumes, making it easier to keep track of each other in the parade crowds.

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source credit: The Travel Channel