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The calendar date of Mardi Gras may appear on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 8 this year) but the festivities take place for nearly two weeks prior. Marked by parades, lavish costumes, masquerade balls and more you don’t have to take trip to the Big Easy to celebrate Carnival. Just try these tips for partying with the kids:

1. Dress up dolls, stuffed animals or even monster trucks with a few ribbons and throw a parade down the hall.

2. Have the kids shout “Throw me something, mister!” Then toss coins, beads and candy at them.

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3. Make a mask.

4. Make a colorful, pasta version of Mardi Gras beads. Get the how-to here.

5. Don a DIY crown.

6. Eat a lot of cake. Like, too much cake. With frosting.

Got any fun Mardi Gras traditions in your family? Share them with us in the comments below! 

—Amber Guetebier

 

Mardi Gras with kids