Music. Beads. Dancing. Good Food. Mardi Gras may have looked a little different in your years without kids, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as fun! Here are some family friendly events where you can party with your kiddos!
DOG PARADE in Downtown DeLand
You read it right! A DOG PARADE. DeLand certainly knows how to throw my kind of party. From 10-2 you & your littles can cheer on cute canines dressed up Mardi Gras style while listening to live music. DeLand is also well known for its shops & delicious brunch spots! Grab a few friends and start the day early with some pancakes & orange juice. Here are some of the best brunch spots downtown! Link: DeLand Top Brunch Spots
MARDI GRAS 2022 Party in the Park!
This is a FREE event Saturday Feb 26th from 4-8pm at Oviedo on the Park. In celebration there will be plenty of food trucks, as well as drink stations, and live entertainment. In addition Oviedo on the Park has a playground, dog park, lake where you can rent swan boats, and several restaurant options in case you feel like dining in AC or there is a large grass area to spread out a blanket & have a picnic! Here’s the link for more information. Link: Mardi Gras OOTP
Mardi Gras at the BEACH!
What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than in true Florida fashion at the beach in February! On Sunday February 27th New Smyrna Beach will be hosting a Seaside Gumbo competition from 12-5pm where you can sample and vote for only $15! Buy passes at nsbgumbo2022.eventbrite.com and go to the LINK for more information NSB Beach Gumbo Challenge.
Then on Fat Tuesday March 1st the 16th Annual Mardi Gras parade begins at 7pm. It starts on South Atlantic Avenue, makes its way on to Flagler Ave and ends on Pine Street. Flagler Ave is known for its restaurants & beach shops! My recommendation is to make a reservation at one of the restaurant’s patios and view the parade from your table enjoying dinner! Make note that Flagler Avenue will not allow cars to come through from 4-9pm, so plan ahead and park smart in case you need to leave early for bedtimes! Here is the LINK Flagler Ave Mardi Gras Parade
Mardi Gras at SEA WORLD!
What could be cooler than celebrating Mardi Gras with the dolphins?! Alongside the Seven Seas Food Festival, there will be Mardi Gras parades & music from now till March 6th! This is perfect if you want it all and have family of various ages. From roller coasters, to mesmerizing aquariums, to cooling off at the splash pad in Sesame Street Land and adorable Animal shows– there is something for Grandpa, your two year old, and your teenager to have a great day. LINK Seaworld Mardi Gras
Which event do you think your littles would enjoy the most? Dogs or Dolphins? Seaside Gumbo Competition or Sea World Food Festival? Either way, have a wonderful time with your family and be safe!