The city of New Orleans announced yesterday that no parades will be allowed to ride this Mardi Gras.
Although the holiday isn’t technically canceled, things will look a lot different this year than they have in the past.
As stated on the city’s website, “Parades of any kind will not be permitted this year because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of the COVID-19 virus.”
Baton Rouge residents are still awaiting an announcement from their city officials for a statement on whether parades will ride in the capital city.
City officials last said on Nov. 6 that the mayor’s office is discussing modified events in an effort to protect the economy and residents’ health.
President and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge Paul Arrigo says that he isn’t sure what the decision of city officials will be, but whatever it is, Mardi Gras will still be celebrated in some fashion.
“What we can see is that Mardi Gras Balls will not occur this year, at least to the extent that they have in the past,” Arrigo said. “Mardi Gras will be celebrated to some extent in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, or anywhere else in the country.”
The Mayor’s Office is scheduled to host a zoom call with all krewes in the Baton Rouge area on Friday. Mayor Broom hopes to make a plan on how to host safe Mardi Gras celebrations this February.
Stay tuned to Tiger TV for updates on Mardi Gras 2021.