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Create Your Own Mardi Gras Krewe with New Orleans Artists and Carnival Experts

January 6, 2021

New Orleans-based, arts education non-profit, KID smART, is inviting revelers of all ages to explore the music, movement, and visuals that bring Mardi Gras to life with a series of interactive, virtual events beginning January 12, 2021.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans will look a little different this year. Your favorite walking, dancing, marching, and rolling parades will be missed, but the opportunity to make Mardi Gras magic lives on. New Orleans-based, arts education non-profit, KID smART, invites revelers near and far to explore the music, movement, and visuals that bring Mardi Gras to life through a series of interactive, virtual events. Participants will learn from Carnival culture bearers representing New Orleans’ most acclaimed krewes and will then be led by artists to create all the elements of their own krewe. 
The Krewe of You series allows all to celebrate Mardi Gras safely while learning about the rich cultural heritage of New Orleans Carnival. Students, families, and educators are invited to join via Zoom each Tuesday between January 12th and February 9th from 4:30-5:30pm CT. Each lesson and activity led by KID smART Teaching Artists will focus on a particular aspect of Mardi Gras krewes. Carnival culture bearers will give their perspective on the importance of each element and tradition. 

Krewe of You Activity Schedule:

Theme + Activity
Carnival Experts
Tuesday, January 12th
Throws: Design Your Krewe Doubloons
Krewe of Rex & Krewe of Muses
Tuesday, January 19th
Music: Create your Krewe’s Song and Rhythm
Gregory Davis of Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Tuesday, January 26th
Floats: Build Your Krewe’s Floats
Krewe of King Arthur
Tuesday, February 2nd
Dance: Choreograph Your Krewe’s Dance
Camel Toe Lady Steppers
Tuesday, February 9th
Costumes: Craft your Krewe’s Masks
Krewe of Red Beans

Sign up for one or attend all five sessions! Registration is pay-what-you-can and all donations will go toward KID smART arts education programs in New Orleans public schools. For more information, visit

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