Mardi Gras 2021 “Not canceled, just different” are the words posted to the top of the official City of New Orleans Mardi Gras website.
The city says, “Mardi Gras parades of any kind will not be permitted because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of COVID-19.” Not welcomed words for many who look forward to the tradition of yelling “Throw me something, mister!”.
According to WVUE in New Orleans, Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s Mardi Gras Advisory Committee has given krewes until December 5th to submit detailed plans on how they would comply with the mandated health requirements.
Ideas will be reviewed by the city’s public safety and public health team for feasibility, safety, and other considerations, and recommendations will be provided.
The balls held during Mardi Gras are another popular event, but will they be allowed? The city says, “Some Mardi Gras Krewes may be holding modified Balls following strict local COVID-19 guidelines. Attendance at a Ball is by invitation only, therefore not open to the general public.”