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This year, “Fat Tuesday,” falls on February 28th, but Mardi Gras can be celebrated much longer than just one day. It’s the culmination of Carnival season and is always full of music, food, costumes, and decorations. What better way to get residents together and involved than throwing a community party, New Orleans style? Create a French Quarter atmosphere in your community with these easy tips:

    • Host a Community Potluck: Nothing brings people together like good food. Some of our favorites are doughnuts (a Fat Tuesday tradition), and cajun poutine. There are an array of traditional cajun dishes such as jambalaya, beignets, king cake, gumbo, shrimp, crawfish, and more that residents could sign up to bring and share. Get residents aware and involved with a fun flyer, email or, if you have Community Messenger, send out the details via text easily and quickly!



      • Create a Festive Atmosphere: The official colors of Mardi Gras—purple, green, and gold—make party decorations super easy. Select disposable partyware such as plates, cutlery, cups, tablecloths, streamers, balloons and more in these colors to set the theme. For an added touch, scatter trinkets and favors like colorful plastic doubloons, confetti, feathers, and sequins—don’t hold back! Bead necklaces are a staple of the Mardi Gras traditions. Pass them out to residents as they arrive at the party to wear them throughout the celebration. Keep the party going with a special Mardi Gras playlist or mix CD filled with New Orleans-style jazz and blues.


            • Kid-Friendly Fun: Don’t forget the kids! There are plenty of fun activities to keep children (and adults, too!) busy while having a blast. Create your own Mardi Gras mask with beads, feathers, glitter, and plastic jewels. Kids can decorate pre-bought masks or make their own with construction paper. Another idea is to create custom necklaces with plastic beads and some fishing line from a craft store. You can also take it to the next level by creating mini Mardi Gras floats out of shoeboxes and colorful craft supplies.


Have you celebrated Mardi Gras in your community before? Share your ideas and experiences with us in the comments below!

Jenni Thomas


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