How to Make One or Where to Buy One
Mardi Gras season is back in full-swing and those with tykes (or maybe non-tykes too lazy to stand for extended periods of time) will be looking for those glorious, flamboyant Mardi Gras ladders. If you aren’t in the know, the Mardi Gras ladder is pretty basic: a 6-foot ladder fitted with a seat at the top. What may not be as obvious is how to get around building or finding one of these contraptions, but we’ve got you covered.
For those not looking to draw out the construction process, the easiest way is to head down to your local hardware store and keep an eye out for the seats themselves. If you have your own ladder and are handy enough, it’s simply a matter of bolting the seat down to your ladder, and voila, it’s ready for Carnival.
If you happen to want to get your DIY fix, then MomsMinivan.com might be the site to consult. There, you can find everything you need to know in order to construct your own Mardi Gras ladder seat, including the necessary materials, instructions, tools and more. Just remember to use quality materials when constructing it and keep your child’s safety in mind! Beyond that, building it on your own gives you the ability to decorate and customize your seat as you see fit. If you’re feeling inventive enough, it’s easy to attach hooks, wheels, and even seatbelts to give your ladder some extra value.
Finally, for those who are ready to shell out the funds, purchasing a complete, handcrafted Mardi Gras ladder is a good option. Etsy and Pinterest will definitely have you covered in that realm. If not, a thorough Google search will unveil a variety of other companies waiting to take your Mardi Gras ladder orders like paradeladders.com or paradeseat.com.
So, with so many resources at your fingertips there’s no reason not to give your kid a fighting change at snagging those coveted throws. Just make sure to follow Mardi Gras etiquette, i.e. keep those ladders at least six feet from the curb. Also, even if your kid is tied down to the ladder, it’s always a good idea to keep a tight eye on him or her (and maybe use that as an excuse to stay perched and elevated above everyone else).