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Are you wondering what to do for Mardi Gras 2021? Check out these Mardi Gras traditions and try something new this year.

There are lots of things that you can do with your family for Mardi Gras. Have you had a chance to try these King Cake Bites?

Mardi Gras 2021 New Orleans Canceled - Ideas to Celebrate at Home

Mardi Gras 2021

While some of the Mardi Gras traditions you’re used to may not be available this year, there are still lots of things that you can do to enjoy this special time of year. 

Like check out these Mardi Gras food recipes and enjoy a fun time at home.

Will Mardi Gras Happen in 2021?

Is Mardi Gras 2021 canceled? Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday, will happen on February 16th in 2021. But, for the 2021 celebrations, New Orleans has banned parades due to current events.

New Orleans banned 2021 Mardi Gras parades

This is the first time that Mardi Gras has been canceled in 32 years.

Prior to this, it was canceled in 1979 when a Police Union Strike caused the cancellation. 

So, while you cannot watch the parade, you can still recreate some of the fun at home.

What is the Purpose of Mardi Gras?

The first Mardi Gras happened in 1699 when French explorers celebrated their landing near New Orleans by having a small celebration.

Mardi Gras is held on Fat Tuesday which is the last day before the season of Lent begins. It is the last time for Catholics to enjoy rich, fatty foods before traditional fasting begins.

Mardi Gras Dinner

In the past, we have had dinner on Bourbon Street while visiting New Orleans. And, there’s no reason that you cannot recreate a Mardi Gras dinner at home this year. 

Here are a few suggestions for a traditional Mardi Gras meal.

Seafood jambalaya at home for Mardi Gras

But, you can feel free to add in your own special touches. Traditionally, seafood is a big part of Mardi Gras dinner because New Orleans is so close to the ocean.

Mardi Gras Costumes

Encourage everyone to dress up for dinner at home. You can wear the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. And, you’ll want to pick up some beads and throws to decorate the table.

It’s also traditional to wear a mask as part of your costume. One of the most traditional styles of masks is the half mask or Columbine.

Mardi Gras 2021 traditions make masks

This style of mask covers your eyes and nose while leaving your mouth uncovered. This makes it easier to speak and eat while keeping your identity secret.

Purchase masks for your Mardi Gras 2021 party here on Amazon!

If you want to include the kids in your celebration, there are many printable masks that they can color and cut out on their own.


Making a King Cake

While we really enjoy the King Cake Bites I’ve made, a King Cake is the traditional Mardi Gras dessert.

There are many different ways to make one. But, the most important step is to include the baby in the King Cake. 

King Cakes are typically baked in an oval pan and are frosted in purple, green, and gold. These colors represent justice, faith, and power. 

Whoever gets a slice of cake with the baby inside is supposed to have good luck and prosperity for the new year. And, they need to throw the party next year.

Traditionally, it is bad luck to eat King Cake at any other time of the year than Mardi Gras. So, now is the perfect time to make one.

Not sure about making King Cake? This King Cake Mix makes it super simple!

Mardi Gras 2021, New Orleans bans parades, celebrate at home

Mardi Gras Throws

During a parade, the people on the floats traditionally throw out beads and “throws” to the crowd.

These throwouts used to be real jewelry and gems. But, today, they are more likely to be colorful strands of beads, costume jewelry, and fake gold doubloons

mardi gras beads 2021

A good alternative for people who want to celebrate at home this year would be bags of chocolate coins. Or, if you would prefer to avoid chocolate, you can buy bags of plastic gold coins instead. 


So, while you may not be able to head to New Orleans to celebrate this year, there is no reason why you can’t make a few of your own Mardi Gras traditions. Get the whole family together and spend the afternoon making dinner.

Then find a few old Mardi Gras movies to watch. The Princess and the Frog is great for the kids. And, adults will enjoy Mardi Gras: Spring Break

There are all sorts of new traditions your family can enjoy.

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