Louisiana: Mardi Gras

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“Mardi Gras” is a great book about the holiday and how it is celebrate particularly in New Orleans.

 

It approaches this holiday at a kid level and gives a fair amount of background.  I loved how well it covered how New Orleans celebrates it and I learned all sorts of things.  It made me want to go to New Orleans to see Mardi Gras, and then the other mom who was with me burst my bubble.  Apparently it’s a higher crime rate then and most locals just stay off the streets as much as possible.

 

I guess I always picture it sort of like this:

Well, after reading the book we made our own Mardi Gras masks in the traditional colors of purple, green, and yellow.

 

I found these great masks at First Palette and printed them off on cardstock.

Then I turned them loose to make it.

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All we need to add now is a ribbon to tie it on.  I also want to applaud myself for not making it too over the top in effort and overthinking it.

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At the time of picture taking Princess didn’t have hers done, but she’s since gotten it done.

 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering the boys masks are superhero masks.

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9 thoughts on “Louisiana: Mardi Gras

  1. Love their masks! We were going to do Lousiana this week because of Mardi Gras, but I have a packet from Lousiana coming, so I decided to wait for it. We will probably do ours next week. Happy Fat Tuesday!

  2. I love your masks and I'll have to look for the book! I went to Mardi Gras once with my husband years ago. We stayed out of the French Quarter at night and mostly went to parades during the day. I would probably wait until the kids are a little older to venture there again during Mardi Gras.
    Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

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