In this post: Mardi Gras treats, crafts, parade fun, and a lapbook.
Hello dear ones! We celebrated Mardi Gras as a family for the second time. We’ve come up with our own traditions, like decorating a float for our family parade. Anywho, this is how we did Mardi Gras.
- We began with a Mardi Gras lapbook and several videos on Mardi Gras’ history. I’ll include a link at the end.
- Michael made a jester mask.
- Michael and I watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame because it has the Festival of Fools in it. It’s not the same holiday but the style is similar. I also like the lessons on sin and grace in the movie. Rio and The Princess and the Frog are also good for this time.
- We had a small feast for supper. We had ham which is a rare treat. We don’t give up anything during Lent, but it was a nod to the history of Fat Tuesday and how people ate all their meat before fasting during Lent. I found the centerpiece at the Dollar Tree.
- We made a King cake using cinnamon rolls. We put it in the oven while we had our parade.
Here’s Chris braiding his part.
Into the oven!
- Michael and I made a parade float out of Leeland’s wagon. We used tissue paper and masks. Then we filled it with beads, moon pies, and coins. Teddy played the king/jester and rode in the float.
- I turned up the jazz music and we had a parade. Michael and I took turns throwing things. We put on masks and beads.
- Lastly, we decorated and enjoyed our King cake! Mmmmm….we just used the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls and sprinkled it. I couldn’t find purple sprinkles so I used glaze.
You can find the lapbook, videos, and other ideas here:
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover
Mardi Gras past
Another good Disney film to watch for Mardi Gras is The Princess and the Frog. Here are some ideas to give you that New Orleans’ flavor: