Quick Family Fun - Mardi Gras Edition

History of Mardi Gras, Simply King Cake Recipe for Kids, Lights and Jazz

By Missy Robertson, Publisher Macaroni KID Monroe - West Monroe January 11, 2024

Before you get started, make sure there is an adult to help out when needed. Okay, here we go! The Mardi Gras parades we know today include high-stepping marching bands, colorful-sometimes funny costumes and masks, wildly decorated floats filled with happy people throwing Mardi Gras beads, doubloons, cups, and many other things! There is also music, lots and lots of music! You might even feel like dancing and if you do, dance, laugh, and have lots of fun.

Mardi Gras parades also have fun themes (the big idea of the parade), a Queen and King, a Grand Marshall, and a Mardi Gras Ball!

In the Twin Cities, we have two Mardi Gras parades the Krewe de Riviere and the Krewe of Janus. Let's learn about each parade!

The crowd is yelling, "Throw me something, Mister!"

You might catch some doubloons at a Mardi Gras parade. 

Krewe de Riviere

Date: 1/27/24
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Theme: Neon Revolution
Queen: Kristie Bardell, Director of Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana
King: Chris Lewis, Owner Coney Island Connection and philanthropist.
Grand Marshal: Senator Jay Morris
Cost: Attendance is FREE

Krewe of Janus

Date: 2/03/24
Theme: Jammin' with Janus
Queen XLI: Renata Rushing
King XLI: Ethan Landor
Grand Marshal: Mike McKenzie
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Grand Marshal: Mike McKenzie

For details about all of the 2024 parade activities, go to the 2024 Monroe-West Monroe Mardi Gras Guide made possible by CC's Coffee House of Monroe. If you want the scoop on awesome places to get King Cake and other Mardi Gras treats, we've got you covered with our 2024 King Cake Guide!

History of Mardi Gras

Let's learn about the history of Mardi Gras by watching this fun video. You are going to learn when Mardi Gras first started and also about some of the fun foods that are eaten during Carnival Season. 

You Can Make Your Own King Cake!

This will be so much fun, and it will be so yummy! Are you ready?

I bet your kitchen smells wonderful! Make sure you let your King Cake cool down before you take a big bite and don't forget to share.

See how ours turned out!