If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Mardi Gras this year since all of the festivities are canceled, this may be exactly what you need. After a baseball coach in Delgado came up with the idea of a drive-through Carnival experience, everything was done to make that dream a reality.

The New Orleans City Park officials said they are going to put on a unique Mardi Gras version of their “Celebration in the Oaks” to offer something festive for everyone who will miss the Mardi Gras parades since they were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be a fundraiser for the park and offer something fun and safe for the public at the same time.

The website describes the event as a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors to view iconic floats from various Mardi Gras krewes all in one place and it will give our region the opportunity to experience a part of Mardi Gras during this historic year. Families can safely participate in a parade-type event by viewing stationery floats from their cars, while also supporting City Park.

NewOrleans City Park Facebook
NewOrleans City Park Facebook

Different Mardi Gras Krewes will be parked and people will be able to drive through the park and see them, according to New Orleans City Park website. How cool is that? You’ll be able to drive through for the Mardi Gras experience Thursday, February 4th through Sunday, February 14th, weekdays 5pm -10pm and Weekends 1pm - 10pm.

Tickets to the event will be $10 to $20 per car. The ticket cost will support the park’s maintenance and operation. The entrance is located at 2 Friederich Avenue. Tickets for ‘Floats in the Oaks’ are limited and all tickets must be purchased in advance and online only.

The park encourages everyone who goes to wear Mardi Gras costumes and decorate their cars.

Kern Studios, Rizzuto and Company, Ducote Designs, and PFJ Floats will assist with transportation of the parade units.

The Krewes that are participating as of now are:

King Arthur
Mid City
Femme Fatale
To buy tickets, click here. For more information, email info @nocp.org or call 504.482.4888.

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