How to Safely Celebrate Mardi Gras


David Paul Ohmer- via creative commons

New Orleans – French Quarter ‘Miltenberger House’

Thousands of people travel to New Orleans each year to celebrate Mardi Gras. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic, no one is really sure how Mardi Gras is going to play out this year.

Mardi Gras falls on Feb 16, and if there is one thing is certain, it’s that the parades are cancelled in the Orleans Parish.

The statement posted on the official New Orleans Mardi Gras website states, “You can’t cancel Mardi Gras any more than you can cancel Christmas or Easter. It’s the parades that have been canceled .. not the holiday. Not the King Cakes. Not the Mardi Gras Music. Not the decorations. Just the huge gatherings.”

The parades are a large staple of the holiday and although they are cancelled, that doesn’t mean New Orleans is stopping the celebration.

“While there will be no parades this year, there will be Mardi Gras house floats, special Mardi Gras cocktails in bars and restaurants, king cakes and so much more,” Mardi Gras New Orleans says.

The citizens of New Orleans are coming up with new and innovative ideas on how to celebrate safely, such as Float houses, which is an interesting twist on parade floats.

Many news stations will be covering Mardi Gras, and how different it will be this year.

So while many people won’t make it to the party city of New Orleans, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a king cake, watch the news, and celebrate from the safety of your home.

If you do end up going out for the holiday, make sure to socially distance and wear a mask.

If we all celebrate safely, Mardi Gras will hopefully return to what it was before.