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Carnival Season Fun: Safely Enjoying Mardi Gras on the Northshore  

As the vibrant colors of purple, green, and gold adorn the streets, and the lively sounds of jazz and brass bands fill the air, it can only mean one thing – Mardi Gras season is here! Celebrating this festive occasion with your family on the Northshore can be a memorable and enjoyable experience. However, ensuring a safe and family-friendly celebration is paramount. Here are 5 tips to help you and your loved ones make the most of the Mardi Gras season while prioritizing safety. 

1. Plan Ahead: 

Start your Mardi Gras preparations by planning ahead. Check the local event schedules (see below), parades, and family-friendly activities happening on the Northshore. Mark the dates on your calendar and create a rough itinerary to make the most of your time during the celebration. Keep in mind that not all Mardi Gras events are created equal. Some may be more family-friendly than others. Look for parades and activities specifically designed for children and families. These often feature colorful floats, lively music, and a more wholesome atmosphere. 

2. Pack Essentials: 

Whether you're attending a parade or a family-friendly festival, make sure to pack essentials such as sunscreen, hats, comfortable clothing and seating. If you plan to spend an extended period outdoors, bring snacks and water to keep everyone energized and hydrated. 

3. Establish a Meeting Point: 

Large crowds are a hallmark of Mardi Gras celebrations. While the energy is infectious, it's essential to be mindful of your surroundings. Keep a close eye on young children and avoid pushing or shoving in crowded areas. It's easy for family members to get separated so it is essential to establish a designated meeting point in case anyone gets lost. Make sure everyone knows where it is and emphasize the importance of staying together. 

4. Follow Safety Guidelines: 

Stay informed about any safety guidelines or regulations set by local authorities. This may include rules about alcohol consumption, parade etiquette, and road closures. Following these guidelines ensures a safer experience for everyone. 

5. Capture the Memories: 

Bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture the vibrant colors, joyful moments, and unique experiences during Mardi Gras. Documenting the day allows you to relive the memories and share them with friends and family. 

Mardi Gras on the Northshore is a time of joy, celebration, and family bonding. By planning ahead, choosing family-friendly events, and prioritizing safety, you can create lasting memories during this festive season. Embrace the spirit of Mardi Gras with your loved ones, and let the good times roll in a safe and enjoyable manner. For more tips to stay safe on the Northshore this carnival season, contact Baldwin Subaru at 1730 N Hwy 190 Covington, LA 70433. 


2024 Northshore Mardi Gras Parade Schedule 

Friday, January 26th 

Mystic Krewe of Titans 6:30pm 

Saturday, January 27th 

Krewe of Bilge 12:00pm 
Krewe of Poseidon 6:00pm 

Sunday, January 28th 

Krewe of Antheia 1:00pm 

Pearl River 
Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club 1:00pm 

Friday, February 2nd 

Krewe of Eve 7:00pm 

Omega 6:30pm 

Saturday, February 3rd 

Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne 10:00am 

Abita Springs 
Krewe of Push Mow 12:00pm 

Krewe of Tchefuncte 1:00pm 

Krewe of Olympia 6:00pm 

Sunday, February 4th  

Krewe of Dionysus 1:00pm 

Friday, February 9th 

Krewe of Selene 6:30pm 

Saturday, February 10th 

Krewe of Bush 9:00am 

Sunday, February 11th  

Des Allemands 
Des Allemands 1:00pm 

Tuesday, February 13th | MARDI GRAS 

Carnival in Covington 10:00am 
Krewe of Bogue Falaya 10:15am 

Krewe of Folsom 2:00pm 

Saturday, February 17th 

Krewe du Pooch 12:00pm 

Sunday, February 18th 

Krewe of Mardi Paws 2:00pm