Yes, while the rest of the world is planning Christmas, in Louisiana, we are planning Mardi Gras too!
Here is the 2009 schedule of parades. If you are in St Tammany, the kids are off the 23rd through the 27th of February, which gives you vacation wiggle room from Saturday February 21- Sunday March 1. I’ll be riding with the Krewe of Eve in Mandeville on the 1st float after the royalty (or whatever you call it) on February 13th.
Yes, Mardi Gras is family friendly. I have brought my kids to all of the daylight parades and we have never had a problem and they have never seen anything they shouldn’t have seen!