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Wait, You Bring Your Kids to Mardi Gras?

Date: February 2, 2016 Categories: Blog

Three words come to mind when I think of Mardi Gras: boobs, beads, and booze. As someone who was born and raised in the Midwest, Mardi Gras has always been presented to me as this wild night where anything can happen, and you leave all your cares on Bourbon Street as you walk out of the bar at 7:00am the next day. When I moved down here in July, though, I quickly learned that was not the case entirely. You mean kids go to Mardi Gras too?!


First, kids get off school for Mardi Gras. Are you kidding me? All that would happen in Wisconsin when it was Mardi Gras was a strange lunch that was served at school they would call “jambalaya”, and we would make fun of the fact that there was a holiday called “Fat Tuesday”. What made Tuesday so fat? Second, not only do kids get off school for Mardi Gras, they actually attend Mardi Gras events. As soon as I heard this I immediately pictured children on leashes or in backpacks walking all over Bourbon Street with their parents, who were consequently in a hurricane induced daze, all the meanwhile being exposed to women’s breasts. They then explained to me that there is Mardi Gras outside of Bourbon Street, and a side that isn’t showcased for the rest of the world to see. Clearly, my perception of this coveted holiday is skewed, and I intend to see with my own eyes what Mardi Gras really is.


This year will be my first Mardi Gras experience. I’ve already tried king cake (YUM!), and downloaded the parade app., so I feel like I’m off to a pretty solid start. I’m excited to experience the most wonderful time of the year in this city, and solidify my NOLA citizen status. Check back in two weeks to see what this holiday is like from a Wisconsinite’s perspective who has never heard of a Krewe before, or imagined seeing children at Mardi Gras.