The 12 Essential Mardi Gras Traditions Every New Orleanian Grew Up With

Mardi Gras is here! While you’re out on the route with your family and friends, think about all the fun Mari Gras traditions you grew up with as a kid, from making little dogs out of your beads to dancing with the band–things we all did growing up–and how we’re passing these fun traditions onto the next generation. Here are 12 Mardi Gras traditions every New Orleanian grew up with. Can you think of any others?

What are some other Mardi Gras traditions you grew up with? Share them in the comments below!