Mardi Gras Mom-Bo :: Packing And Parading With The Kids

Mardi Gras Mom-Bo :: Packing and Parading with the Kids

Let the good times roll, my friends! Mardi Gras season is upon us. While we don’t typically venture out for the evening parades, but we absolutely love a day parade. Similar to other big events with street closures, there are some preparations to be made before venturing out. 

Packing list

I have 3 kids who are 4 and under. Here’s what I’m packing.

  • Wagon. My number-one essential. There are plenty of options out there in a wide variety of price ranges, but we keep it simple with this one. We throw the kids, the beads, the trash, and everything in there for the trek from the car to the route.
  • Ice chest. We pack a few waters, some snacks, and ice them down. If you have spare hands, use a rolling ice chest to pack more things and also use as an extra seat on the route. 
  • Diaper bag. I prefer backpack style for easy carrying, and I load up.
    • Diapers Mardi Gras Mom-Bo :: Packing and Parading with the Kids
    • Wipes
    • Changing pad
    • Plastic bags (should a trash can not be in the near vicinity)
    • Sunscreen 
    • Hats (if you want extra sun protection and/or warmth)
    • Jackets (if parade day is chilly)
    • Sippy cups/bottles
    • Hand sanitizer 
  • Baby carrier: I was gifted a framed baby carrier for Christmas, and it is a game changer. it’s lightweight, but has great support to carry around kiddos up to 30 pounds for extended periods of time.
  • Festive Mardi Gras attire. There are lots of local shops who sell great Mardi Gras designs. 
  • Cash. There are often vendors who pop-up around the parade route. Some accept cards, but it’s great to have cash on hand, just in case. 

Parade Prep

For a quick link to all things you need to know about Mardi Gras in Lafayette, Lafayette Travel has a GREAT resource. This link has the information about the parade route, the roll time, and everything you need to know about Mardi Gras Day. 

Mardi Gras Mom-Bo :: Packing and Parading with the Kids

Some insider scoop

  • Parking. Always the #1 question. I always recommend parking in neighborhoods. Sometimes there are paid lots, but usually you can find a great parallel parking space in the neighborhoods around the route. I would get there early if you don’t want too far a walk. 
  • Call for closures. If you are planning to grab a bite to eat before or after the parade, be sure to call and ensure they are open. There are some places that close for their staff to enjoy the holiday.
  • Boudin and Crawfish. I don’t make the rules, but these are great staples to have on Mardi Gras day to get you in the spirit. 
  • Speaking of spirits, I don’t know why, but a daiquiri always tastes better on Mardi Gras. 
  • Tell the story. We love Mardi Gras in our house because we emphasize the excitement and celebrations before moving into Lent.
Jessica Hauerwas
Jessica is a nonprofit leader who loves bopping around Lafayette for the best burgers or bands in town. She is the Executive Director of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited where she runs the day-to-day nonprofit. She and her husband Chris have three littles at home (Jane, Clark, and Louise) where there is lots of giggling and always a cup of coffee brewing. Jessica is passionate about community-building and empowering working mothers. Jessica also volunteers for various organizations, is a member of the Lafayette Re-Entry Coalition, a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, and a survivor of being a mother of three under 4.


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