New Orleans Mayor Cancels Mardi Gras Parades In 2021

Bourbon Street was a sea of humanity on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans in February. The city will not enable Mardi Gras parades in 2021.

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Bourbon Street was a sea of humanity on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans in February. The city will not permit Mardi Gras parades in 2021.

Rusty Costanza/AP

The mayors relocation follows the Krewe du Vieux, one of the citys most popular Carnival organizations, revealed recently that it would not parade in 2021.

“With COVID-19 cases increasing around the nation, we will have to modify how to observe carnival season … We are surrounded by hot areas and we dont understand what the future holds in store for us.”

Called Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is on the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian celebration of Lent. Mardi Gras next year falls on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Cantrells workplace is turning to the general public for ideas about how to safely commemorate the vacation. Theyre asking individuals to submit comprehensive prepare for socially-distanced events with security procedures integrated in.

Styles must abide by COVID-19 restrictions and “prevent unstructured crowds of complete strangers,” the mayor stated. These concepts ought to also be flexible in regards to scale if new public health guidelines arise. The mayors office noted that a vaccine will not be readily offered by Carnival season.

Cantrells office is also asking locals to send concepts for “an excellent theme or call” for Carnival this year.

Parades will be forbidden at New Orleans Mardi Gras event in 2021 to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor LaToya Cantrells workplace stated Tuesday.

In 2015s Carnival season is thought to have actually contributed to the spread of the coronavirus, NOLA.com reports.

New Orleans public security and public health group will evaluate the concepts, which are due by Dec. 5.

Its also a spiritual holiday. Called Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is on the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian celebration of Lent. Mardi Gras next year falls on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Usually marked by parties and parades, the vacation is the citys most significant tourist draw.

These concepts should likewise be flexible in terms of scale if new public health guidelines arise. The mayors office kept in mind that a vaccine will not be readily offered by Carnival season.

A 2020 study by WalletHub discovered that Mardi Gras had a financial effect of more than $1 billion in New Orleans.

“With COVID-19 cases increasing around the nation, we will have to modify how to observe carnival season … We are surrounded by hot areas and we dont know what the future holds in shop for us.”

This decision comes as Louisianas coronavirus numbers have continued to rise. The state has seen more than 205,000 confirmed cases and 6,139 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.