Last weekend, I took my family down to Houma. LA which is about an hour and a half from Baton Rouge. My good friend from high school lives down there with his family. We like to go down there during the Mardi Gras season to visit with him and catch some of the many parades that they offer down there in Houma. The parades are always a great family event to go to. Of course, in the Baton Rouge area there are the popular Spanish Town parade and the Southdowns parade too and those are great parades and fun for the family. I believe that the Spanish Town parade can get a little raunchy but as I recall there is a designated area to sit for those that are cutting up. If you have never been to a Mardi Gras parade there are plenty of options that are family friendly and not down in New Orleans. There are parades all over South Louisiana to attend.