Parades have been canceled for 2021 during Mardi Gras

Because of the threat of Covid-10, there will be no traditional Carnival parades in Orleans or St. Tammany parishes in 2021 for Mardi Gras. Other ways to celebrate, including virtual parades,  the Joan of Arc stationary parade,  and houses decorated like floats, are currently under consideration.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans typically means dancing in the streets, standing shoulder to shoulder with strangers and watching one parade after another roll by while slowly becoming a human bead tree. But Mardi Gras 2021 will be different, according to

Parades won’t roll. There will be no large crowds or events. The health and safety of the community is a priority, but that doesn’t mean the celebration is cancelled.

In the days leading up to February 16, expect the king cakes to flow in abundance and krewes to find new ways to keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive. If you find yourself in New Orleans, mask up and please remain mindful of the Phased Reopening guidelines the city is under, but remember that no one does Mardi Gras like New Orleans.

Mardi Gras is one of the most iconic celebrations of all time. Colorful beads. Vibrant parades. Hurricane cocktails. The holiday, which is celebrated around the world, gets the most fanfare in cities like New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. There, revelers attend parties and balls throughout the Carnival season, and tourists pour in to join the festivities. But no matter how much you love Mardi Gras, it can sometimes be difficult to get the dates right.

After all, the holiday takes place on a different day each year — although it always falls on a Tuesday.

The name Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, so called because it is the last day of feasting before the sacrifices and fasting that define the Christian season of Lent. But despite the fact that the holiday is associated with the Christian faith, everyone can participate. In New Orleans, the entire city does. Different clubs, or krewes, host parades and masked balls in the weeks leading up to the big day, and the holiday is renowned for merry-making and fun.

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