The Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association has just announced the cancelation of parades in Lafayette for Mardi Gras 2021.

According to, this only the third time in Lafayette Mardi Gras history parades have been canceled. Once During World War II, and the second time during the Korean War.

Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette at Cajun Felid is canceled as well.

From the official press release via -

"This year, the COVID-19 virus has presented us with a unique and nearly unprecedented challenge. Only World War II (1942 through 1947) and the Korean Conflict (1951) has canceled Mardi Gras parades in Lafayette.

We were hopeful that conditions would permit parading through Lafayette and, with the parades, one of Lafayette’s largest parties.

However, after months of deliberation, counsel with government officials, the University, medical providers, and our member Krewes and, in light of the ongoing governmental COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that will likely remain in place for at least the next 45 days, we have determined that safe, family-friendly and quality parades cannot be staged during the Mardi Gras season this year."

For more information and to read the full press release from The Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association, head over to

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