Don’t Forget! Top 5 Mardi Gras Parade Essentials

Carnival is in full swing, which means you're probably planning for your next parade. While some parade-goers are Mardi Gras pros, others may get overwhelmed when trying to decide what to pack. We know it's a lot to juggle, so we're here to help. If you're heading out to the route, make sure these top five parade essentials are on your list.

Chairs and Seating

Your legs will thank you later! On top of being a resting place, a couple of chairs for you and the family will mark your places on the route and maybe even keep some of those nasty elbows away. If you’re bringing along kids, you may want to invest in a Mardi Gras ladder.


Make sure you have something to collect all your throws in! If you don’t, your neck will get heavy and tired from all the beads. Bags make carrying your loot back to your car so much easier. Try reusable grocery bags, or even pillowcases can sometimes do the trick.


Parades can take a few hours from start to finish. Mardi Gras is a marathon, not a sprint. So make sure you don’t get thirsty, and save some cash by packing your drinks ahead of time. Beer cans are probably the easiest booze for packing and storing when heading to the parade route. Dixie Light offers a great 91-calorie option for great flavor and fewer calories than the leading light beer. Keep juice and soda on hand for those kids at your party or for those not interested in alcoholic beverages. Also, make sure to pack some water to stay hydrated for all of the fun. And remember to always enjoy responsibly.

Ice Chest with Wheels

If you’re bringing along food and drinks to enjoy while on the parade route, you’ll definitely need an ice chest to store everything. With the battle for parking and long walks to the parade route, you don’t want the task of dragging an ice chest slowing down the process. Opt for an ice chest with wheels to help out.

Hand Sanitizer & Tissue Packs

When you have to go, you have to go. Most likely, you’ll have to hop in a Port-O-Potty or stand in line at a public restroom. With crowds of people, you never know when you’ll get in a bind. Have these items on hand.

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