It’s Carnival Time Baby!

king_cake_beads_and_babyThe Mardi Gras season offers a fun time for families, friends, visitors and Louisianans alike! Year after year, Parade Goers set up along parade routes to picnic, play games, and enjoy a good ole’ time while the Parades go by. It’s every kid’s dream! You can catch Throws such as beads, doubloons, stuffed animals, toys and more! And King Cake, oh the King Cake, oh so sweet and takes you straight into Fat Tuesday!

We are throwing you a list of tips to keep your kids safe and to laissez les bon temps rouler during this Mardi Gras season!

1. Enjoying a slice or two, or three of King Cake? Watch out for those treasures that await inside the box.king cake warning.3.2.2014
2. Stay arms reach to your kids, but have a plan for if you are separated from your child(s):
• Use a safety tattoo or permanent marker with your information that won’t rub off
• Have a meeting place
• Take a picture of your child that day, so you will have a picture to show if you get separated
• Teach them not wander off, but to ask police officers, ems, firefighters for help and not just any stranger if they become lost

3. Teach kids to stay away from floats and other parade vehicles!
• Don’t get too close to the floats or bend down near them to pick up throws
• Don’t run into street between floats – the driver may not see you and will not be able to stop suddenly
• Heads up! Some throws are large, heavy or even sharp. Those items should be handed to individuals, but watch out for items that could hit and hurt when being tossed.

4. Check the weather before heading out each day – the weather in Louisiana can change from 30 to 80 degrees in matter of hours – you will want to be dressed appropriately. Don’t forget sunscreen! Again, Louisiana weather is about as predictable as …., well, you just never know

5. Get there early to make sure you have a good spot – being in a hurry opens the door for injury. Plan your routes and parking – roads will be blocked off and parking lots fill up quickly.

6. This is something that poses more risks than benefits, but if you are bringing a ladder, know that you must keep it as far back as it is tall. You should keep hands on your kids, strap them in and you have to consider the weight load and stability of the ladder.

7. This also comes with more risk than benefit, but if you are manually giving your kids a lift to catch throws, make sure you can handle the weight, have good grip and balance and have not been drinking! Alcohol, stumbling, crowds, kids in the air, concrete below…not a good mix! Besides, IT’S NEVER A GOOD IDEA TO DRINK & DRIVE.

8. Certain areas and parades are not family friendly and cautious of child safety measures during Mardi Gras celebrations. Choose your festivities wisely.

9. Pack healthy snacks and lots of water. The amount of cotton candy, sodas, hot dogs, king cake on a stick and other yummy, yet unhealthy snacks are always available. An apple or two would be a good mix, and we don’t mean candy apples!

10. Bring a large sturdy bag – the kids will catch a lot and you will need a way to transport the goodies home and hold hands while walking through streets and parking lots! Keep in mind the size and weight of your stuffed throw bags. Back/shoulder injuries and lose of balance could occur.

11. Check your bag for choking hazards, which will likely be nearly everything. Take precaution, educate older kids and keep out of reach for small children.

109866574-630x441So many rules and safety concerns, it would seem we don’t want you and your family to enjoy the season, BUT WE DO! We are the fun time safety people! The best times are had when no one gets hurt…and we know you will agree!

For a variety of tips to keep your kids safe during Carnival time, please visit: http://www.lexleeskids.org/?s=mardi+gras

Baton Rouge parade schedules and routes (check the maps for alcohol free and family friendly areas): http://www.louisianatravel.com/articles/mardi-gras-capital-city-come-party-baton-rouge

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety. If you have any questions about Mardi Gras safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225.372.3991.

Co-written by: Haley Taylor, 2016 Spring SLU Intern

Speak Your Mind

*