The annual Mardi Gras celebrations give revelers a chance to overindulge before the Christian season of Lent. The excitement, colors, costumes and traditions of Mardi Gras allow everyone taking part to have a fun time, and this includes kids. Getting children involved in a parade will enable them to enjoy the celebrations, and kids have plenty of choices for cute ideas to dress up a float.
Prince and Princess
Many Mardi Gras costume balls and parades select a Mardi Gras king and queen, and kids can use this theme with a prince and princess float design. Decking out a float in regal purple and gold ties in with the traditional Mardi Gras colors. A prince and princess theme also allows kids to dress up in elaborate costumes, with girls in colorful gowns and boys in decorative uniforms. Topping off the costumes with some gold crowns will help boys and girls get into the spirit of being a prince or princess.
All Dogs Go To Heaven
The animated movie "All Dogs Go To Heaven" takes place in New Orleans, and features Mardi Gras scenes and music. Kids can take inspiration from this and dress up a float in the style of the movie with cartoon dogs, horses, rats and other animals. Children can also wear costumes based on the characters in the movie. Boys can dress up in the style of the dog hero, Charlie B. Barkin, and girls in the costume of the little girl who can talk to animals, Anne-Marie.
Kids likely enjoy eating the traditional king cake baked during the Mardi Gras festivities, and trying to find the little toy baby inside. They can take this a step further by decorating a float with a king cake design. A costume in the style of the cake provides a decorative outfit, with king cakes usually covered in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green. Pictures of the cake, a few outsize models of cakes and toy babies, and some real delicacies and baby trinkets to hand out to revelers can make for a fun float.
Wearing a Float
A simple way for kids to get involved in a Mardi Gras parade involves making a float that they can wear. Add some shoulder straps to a large cardboard box, so that when a child puts it on the box sits around her waist. The kids can then use their imagination to decorate the outside of the box in creative ways, adding color, glitter, balloons, beads and other trinkets. Colorful pants, top and mask complete the outfit, and a child can join in a parade, wearing her own float.
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