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The ladies in waiting of the royal court of the Krewe of Little Rascals walk for the audience during their Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The more than 200 kids riding in Sunday’s Mardi Gras parade participated in a glitzy ball held in their honor. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Junior members of the royal court are escorted to the last year's king and queen during the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Ball-goers applaud as Krewe of Little Rascals King XXXV Master Seth Hartman is introduced at their Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Jack Spittler III, a member of the royal court, walks for the audience at the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Charlee Gonzalez, 2, a member of the royal court, waves to the audience during the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Children in the royal court wait back stage with their parents before the start of the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The more than 200 kids riding in Sunday’s parade participated in a glitzy ball held in their honor. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Annabella Stephens sits with her grandfather Larry Anthony before the start of the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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A member of the royal court adjusts the hat of Cason Stephens, 2, which kept coming off, backstage before the start of the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The largest of the Mardi Gras kid parades is Little Rascals, and the Little Rascals ball is the only formal ball children are allowed to attend. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Royal court troubadour Andrew Perret heralds the king and queen at the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The weeks-long celebration leading up to Fat Tuesday is often perceived as an adults-only holiday in the French Quarter’s famed Bourbon Street festivities. But elsewhere, children and families are as much a part of the revelry as anyone. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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A student who is a float rider laughs as he walks with other youths past the audience during the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The more than 200 kids riding in Sunday’s parade participated in a glitzy ball held in their honor. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Children in the royal court share a group hug backstage before the start of the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Krewe of Little Rascals Queen XXXV Miss Kristy Lynn Herkes walks past returning King XXIV Master Joshua Maurice and Queen XXIV Miss Cecelia Zimmermann at their Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Jack Spittler III waits as his costume is adjusted before the start of the Little Rascals Mardi Gras Ball in Kenner, La., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The weeks-long celebration leading up to Fat Tuesday is often perceived as an adults-only holiday in the French Quarter’s famed Bourbon Street festivities. But elsewhere, children and families are as much a part of the revelry as anyone. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Updated 29 January 2018

The Krewe of Little Rascals

The largest of the Mardi Gras kid parades is Little Rascals, and the Little Rascals ball is the only formal ball children are allowed to attend.
The weeks-long celebration leading up to Fat Tuesday is often perceived as an adults-only holiday in the French Quarter's famed Bourbon Street festivities. But elsewhere, children and families are as much a part of the revelry as anyone.
The more than 200 kids riding in Sunday's Mardi Gras parade participated in a glitzy ball held in their honor.