For those of us who are glad to have 2020 in the rear view mirror, let's just say that it might be a little premature to start celebrating "back to normal" just yet. We were hoping to have a fun Mardi Gras season ahead of us, but as the coronavirus pandemic continues to roll on, more and more krewes are cancelling balls, parties, and parades. Although it's not an easy decision, it's probably a very smart one, until we can get ahead of this horrible threat to our lives and livelihoods.

With the announcement from New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell in November that parades would not be allowed to roll in the upcoming Mardi Gras season, we were not surprised to see more and more cities in Louisiana following suit. And of course, the Bayou State is not the only one who celebrates carnival season. According to WBRZ in Baton Rouge, Mardi Gras festivities in Mobile, Alabama have been cancelled. These include parades and balls from Order of Inca and Krewe de Secondline.

Biloxi, Mississippi Mayor Andrew “Fofo” Gilich told the Associated Press, via WBRZ, that he's “about 80%” sure he will cancel Mardi Gras parades in Biloxi in 2021 due to concerns about the coronavirus." The St. Paul Carnival Association on the Mississippi Gulf Coast has already cancelled their 2021 events.

And in Baton Rouge, the wildly popular Spanish Town parade, which was supposed to be held on February 13, was cancelled on Tuesday, December 29. Even though the Krewe is hoping to re-schedule at some point, they join the Krewe of Southdowns, the Krewe of Artemis, the Krewe of Orion, the Krewe of Mystique, and the Krewe of Oshun in Louisiana in cancelling Mardi Gras festivities in our capital city.



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