New Orleans Cancels 2021 Mardi Gras Celebration Due to COVID-19

Nov 24, 2020 Impacting Travel

New Orleans Cancels 2021 Mardi Gras Celebration Due to COVID-19

Government officials in New Orleans announced that the 2021 edition of the annual Mardi Gras celebration has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The Associated Press, New Orleans city spokesman Beau Tidwell revealed Tuesday that annual parades had to be canceled based on a 250-person limit in outdoor crowds approved by the local government.


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The Carnival and Mardi Gras season are the biggest tourist attraction in New Orleans.

“You can’t have traditional parades with such a small group,” Tidwell told the AP. “We have had almost 1,000 new cases in the last 10 days.”

While some groups have canceled their Mardi Gras plans, others in New Orleans are seeking to circumvent regulations and are developing ideas to continue the party under current pandemic restrictions.

Mardi Gras parades are also frequent in the areas surrounding New Orleans, and the nearby Jefferson Parish parade is one of the best in the state. Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said they are trying to find a way to hold the event safely but did not rule out a total cancellation.

“Today, I am concerned about your dining room on Thanksgiving,” Sheng said. “So it‘s hard for me to imagine inviting large crowds unless something changes dramatically with the numbers. And I don’t want to kill hope. I have to be honest. Nor do I want to make false promises. “