Junior Auxiliary of Houma to host Sensory-Friendly Mardi Gras Event

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Junior Auxiliary (JA) of Houma is hosting an exciting free event to give special needs kids from the community an unforgettable experience 


Children who have challenges and sensitivities to sensory, such as autism spectrum disorders, are welcomed to the Krewe of You event on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Kandi Lyn’s Gym, 2304 Coteau Road, Houma.  


“We had this idea for a Mardi Gras event for kids and maybe even some adults who don’t get to enjoy Mardi Gras for various reasons…Everything that Mardi Gras presents is kind of a trigger for them,” JA of Houma member Katie Portier said. “So we felt like there was a population of kids who really missed out on this part of our culture.”  

Attendees will be able to enjoy carnival crafts, an indoor sensory-friendly parade, free play, king cake decorating and other various activities at the event that’s now in its second year.  


Children can not only catch throws during the parade but also take turns participating in it.  


“Ghostbusters” and Krewe of Aquarius members in costume will also visit with guests. 


JA of Houma is still accepting registrations for time slots during this year’s Krewe of You event, but space is limited in each session because the organization doesn’t want to overwhelm any of the children.  


Click here to find out more information and register.  


Anyone wishing to donate beads, stuffed animals or any other throws can contact the organization by email: JAofHouma@gmail.com 


“We love this event,” Portier said. “No matter what their abilities or their challenges, they all experienced joy the same way, so it’s really fun to watch.”