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Mardi Gras Coloring Pages and Masks

Updated on September 12, 2016

Mardi Gras Coloring Pictures and Masks to Color

Mardi Gras coloring pages are great fun for children and adults. Decorate a poster with the official colors : gold, purple, green. Make your own fantastic crafty mask from a printable template or use a Mardi Gras line art image to make a digital stamp for cardmaking, scrapbooking or other paper crafts.

Color a fantasy mask to wear to a parade or dress up for a masquerade party for Fat Tuesday fun. Kids will enjoy learning about New Orleans, King cakes, jazz, Cajun culture and "krewes" with Mardi Gras coloring pages and craft activities.

It's not just about the parties! There are many related cultural celebrations that occur worldwide between Epiphany (January 6) and Lent, including Fastnacht, Carnivale, Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday to name only a few. Grab your markers, crayons and colored pencils and explore all the merrymaking possibilities with Mardi Gras coloring pages, masks and printables.

Coloring page illustrations and intro Mardi Gras mule graphic shown on this page are my original designs.

Make a Poster with this festive page! - Mardi Gras Mask Border Paper Printable Sheet

Mardi Gras coloring border sheet with lines for writing
Mardi Gras coloring border sheet with lines for writing

Printable border paper with lines for writing is decorated with fancy party masks and bubble letters. Write a poem, story or make a poster for Fat Tuesday - Let the Good Times Roll!

Explore New Orleans with Kids

Kids Travel Journal: My Trip to New Orleans
Kids Travel Journal: My Trip to New Orleans

If you're visiting New Orleans with children for Mardi Gras you'll need to find some extra entertainment to keep them happy. They can record their adventures, draw and write about the sights and sounds of the Big Easy from a kids viewpoint in this charming New Orleans memory book for kids.


Mardi Gras Official Colors

Be sure to use lots of gold, green and purple

Green, gold and purple are the official celebration colors of Mardi Gras, selected in 1872 in New Orleans. Twenty years later, the Rex Parade theme gave them their symbolic meanings:

Purple represents Justice

Green represents Faith

Gold represents Power

When not in costume, Fat Tuesday celebrants try to wear the official colors. Many party and parade-goers wear colorful beads, masks and hats adorned with sparkly glitter, sequins and feathers in the official color.

Ultimate Mardi Gras Music
Ultimate Mardi Gras Music | Source

Let the Good Times Roll for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is Party Time - Play Party Music

Ultimate Mardi Gras Music Collection

Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday in the United States is about music, celebration, parades, food and masquerade. Play some Cajun music or Mardi Gras party music while you're coloring and making crafts.

Jester with mask coloring page
Jester with mask coloring page | Source

Jesters for Mardi Gras

Jokers, jesters and fools are major figures for Carnival season. You'll find them at parades, parties, masquerade balls and on decorations at homes and shops during Mardi Gras season.

Printable coloring sheets with jester, crown, fleur-de-lis or masquerade themes are ideal for Mardi Gras coloring crafts. Kids will enjoy coloring Mardi Gras pictures and crafts while they learn about the celebration and the city that hosts the most famous Mardi Gras party in the USA, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mardi Gras 2012 - Let the Good Times Roll
Mardi Gras 2012 - Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll!

Celebrate Fat Tuesday March 4

Mardi Gras, "Fat Tuesday," is the last day of the Carnival season and ushers in the Lenten season.

Fat Tuesday falls on the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It's traditionally the last day to consume fats and meat until Easter. In Pennsylania German households, fastnachts (doughnuts, similar to beignets in Cajun country) are made with the remaining winter larder of flour, sugar and fat as a last treat before the fasting season.

Gaston's Visit to Mardi Gras

Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras Coloring Book (Gaston® Series)
Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras Coloring Book (Gaston® Series)

Gaston the alligator goes to Mardi Gras in this story book geared toward kids ages 4-8.

Recommended by educators and home schoolers as a fine introduction to the traditions and festivities of Mardi Gras New Orleans style.


Printable Mardi Gras Coloring Pages

Here's a brief list of the best printable Mardi Gras coloring pages I've found online.

I visited each page or collection in this list to make sure the printable sheets are free for personal use and available to print and color without registration.

Let the Good Times Roll! (Just don't let your crayons roll off the art table!)

Printable Mardi Gras Mask Template - Mardi Gras coloring mask or pattern

Mardi Gras mask coloring page or mask pattern template
Mardi Gras mask coloring page or mask pattern template

Make yourself a colorful Mardi Gras mask by coloring and decorating this fancy mask template. You can add feathers or glitter to the plumes to make this mask fancy enough for a masquerade ball.

Click the picture above to open a page with a full size Mardi Gras coloring mask template.

A Mardi Gras Dog Story

King Cake for Cassius: A Mardi Gras Story
King Cake for Cassius: A Mardi Gras Story

King Cake for Cassius is wonderful book for children to learn about Mardi Gras. A bulldog learns about the festivities and traditional celebrations including the Krewe Barkus parade for dogs, and how to make a traditional King Cake.

Includes recipe and information about the history and traditions of Mardi Gras and the massive party that takes place in New Orleans between January 6 and Fat Tuesday every year.


© 2009 Lee Hansen

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  • senterprises profile image

    senterprises 4 years ago

    Laissez les bon temps rouler

    Kids will definitely have fun with this Mardi Gras lens. Happy Fat Tuesday early!

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    biminibahamas 5 years ago

    fun lens!

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    JoshK47 5 years ago

    What fun coloring pages - thanks for sharing!

  • Hypersapien2 profile image

    Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

    Nice Mardi Gras lens!

  • JoyfulReviewer profile image

    JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

    Thanks for compiling all these fun resources.

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    BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

    I had no idea there were so many coloring pages and books for kids about Mardi Gras. You present it all really well too. No surprise there. :)

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    teristazko 5 years ago

    Great Mardi Gras lense. I too didn't know there were so many color meanings.

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    ScareYouDiva 6 years ago

    I never knew the Mardi Gras colours had a meaning - very cool.

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    UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

    great lens

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    Quennie 6 years ago from London

    mardi gras for kids? cute! hehehe! then they could join the party when they grow up!

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    Impressive and inspiring lens as always. I'm such a fan of yours.

    Very nicely done!


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    Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

    Great fun for Mardi Gras, especially for kids. I am lensrolling this to my Party Themes - Mardi Gras lens.