And Now on to Mardi Gras?

How are we Louisiana people supposed to transition from Christmas to Mardi Gras with parades canceled?! I know at this time only New Orleans has stepped up and said they are canceling parades, but it makes you wonder how much longer under Lafayette will follow suit.

I don’t know if we even know how to function without our plastic beads, parades, and balls. This is normally our time as a culture to shine. Now we have no idea if and when we will see the fun times again.

Who would have thought we would see the day! I feel like this is the last straw for us here in South Louisiana. No Mardi Gras = life canceled. We get it… it started there. The fun times brought the bad times. This is when life changed for everyone. BUT it’s our beloved holiday of debauchery.

Bring It All Back Home

I don’t know about you, but I am legit about to get together with the neighbors and throw a damn parade myself in the hood! Lord knows between everyone we are sure to have enough beads and toys to have our own showdown. Cocktails in one hand, throws in another!

It looks like as moms we are going to have to come up with new arts and crafts, baking, and games to celebrate yet another holiday at home. All I have in my back pocket is the trusty ol’ cinnamon bun king cake idea. But, our shoebox float game is about to get turnt! I’ll be pulling out all the stops if this will help us to save the fun of the holiday.

Keeping the Traditions Alive

Throw a ball at home with the kids. Get dressed in your gowns, make a fancy cocktail and mocktails, tell Alexa to play “Hey Pocky A-Way” and dance your hearts out at home. No need to bring those flip flops to change into… dance in your slippers from the get-go!

Get a rubber chicken, have the kids dress up in their courir costumes, and run around the yard like your chasing the chicken for the gumbo! Don’t forget as parents we get the joy of being Le Capitaine. It must be complete with sheet as cape though. If you’ve got a stick horse to ride as well, you win!

We’ve learned to make the most of all the things we have missed out on over the past year. This is just another way to show our kids how to make the best out of a less than perfect situation and make some hilarious and fun memories as well.

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Patrice LaBauve
Patrice is a Baton Rouge native that moved to the area to attend UL Lafayette in 2002 and never looked back. Since graduating with a degree in Public Relations she has worked in the insurance business on both personal and commercial sides. Her love of her Cajun heritage made it an easy decision to marry her New Iberia born and raised husband, Matt. They now resides in Youngsville and have two daughters Jolie (9) and Amelie (5) and her bonus son, Eli (14). On most weekdays you will find her running the roads to the dance studio, soccer field or her favorite place, 220 Fitness. The weekends are her favorite family time and are usually spent cooking with her family, watching her daughter show off her goalie skills, checking out any festival around the area, and catching all Saints and Cajuns game. She and her husband are craft beer drinkers, but she also won’t turn down a good Pinot Noir or fancy cocktail. She loves a good philanthropic event, to-do lists, singing in front of people whenever she gets the chance, her gym family and live music. Lafayette has been the perfect place to raise her children and immerse them in the culture she loves.


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