Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is traditionally a time of colourful celebration before 40 days of Lent. Get your kids involved with our Mardi Gras crafts, printables, colouring pages and other fun activities!

Mardi Gras For Kids

What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and even Pancake Day in the UK, is an annual festival which will next be celebrated on 28th February in 2017. Falling just before Lent, it traditionally marks the last opportunity for fun and feasting before 40 days of "self-denial". Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French.

Festivities begin at the beginning of February, leading up to Mardi Gras day, and consist of parades, dancing in the street, costumes and masked balls. The modern Carnival tradition developed in Europe in the Middle ages, and is celebrated mainly in Roman Catholic communities in Europe and the Americas today. Some of the most famous celebrations are held in Nice (France), Cologne (Germany), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and New Orleans (USA).

Mardi Gras Videos
Can children identify the animals behind the masks in this fun Mardi Gras video for kids?
Mardi Gras Printables
Mardi Gras is all about masks - so it's no surpise that our Mardi Gras printables are all about...
Mardi Gras Crafts
Mardi Gras is all about green, purple, gold, sparkle, beads, masks and noise! To help you join in...

Enjoy this footage of a Mardi Gras children's parade in New Orleans in 2010 - there are lots of fun classroom costumes on show!

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