These free printable Mardi Gras Coloring Pages will be fun for kids to color while parents tell them about the history of Mardi Gras. Free printable coloring pages are awesome because they are FREE and simple to print at home for a quick activity for children.
TELLING KIDS ABOUT MARDI GRAS
I visited New Orleans a few years ago and had such a lovely time. I didn't go during Mardi Gras, but I can only imagine how what it must be like! Mardi Gras is a very unique celebration.
If you want to talk to your kids about the history of Mardi Gras it is easy to do while they are getting creative with these Mardi Gras coloring pages.
The very first Mardi Gras celebration was held in 1699. The French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville brought the idea with him since it was something that occurred in medieval Europe.
The Mardi Gras celebration has undergone many changes over the years. Here are some interesting facts of info to share with kids:
- Mardi Gras is also called Carnival or Carnaval and is celebrated in many countries around the world.
- It is actually a Christian holiday that dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites.
- Many Catholics around the world celebrate Mardi Gras the day before Lent season begins.
- Lent is a religious time of fasting and penance for 40 days. Mardi Gras became a time of excess and naughty behavior the day before Lent began.
- Mardi Gras is always held on “Fat Tuesday” which is the day before Ash Wednesday.
- Louisiana is the only state where Mardi Gras is an official holiday.
- It is typically a week-long festival.
- The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold.
- King cake is the traditional cake of Mardi Gras.
- It is only legal to wear masks in New Orleans on Mardi Gras and is illegal at any other time of year.
FREE PRINTABLE MARDI GRAS COLORING PAGES
I have two different Mardi Gras coloring pages for you to download and print off for your own personal use.
One sheet has a girl dressed up for the Mardi Gras parade. The other page has some traditional Mardi Gras items. There is a beaded necklace, a mask, the Fleur-de-lys and a ribbon.
You can download these color sheets by clicking this link or the image below: Mardi Gras Coloring Pages
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