Mardi Gras for Kids: Tips for Celebrating in New Orleans
And parents are asking: Is it appropriate to bring the kids?
No doubt. Organizers stress that Mardi Gras is a family celebration. It's said to be a New Orleans tradition for adults to use their kids as an excuse to go watch the parades. But there are guidelines families who travel to Mardi Gras should follow. As Chris Waddington writes at NOLA.com: "On Mardi Gras, kids have to behave like grown-ups, because grown-ups behave like children."
For some more practical tips on navigating the parades and the sometimes raucous Mardi Gras crowds in New Orleans next Tuesday, take heed of the advice in the video below.
And if you're not going to New Orleans, but still want to show your kids the celebration, follow along on the NOLA.com paradecam.