The City of New Orleans won’t be permitting parades “of any kind” for Mardi Gras 2021 according to a page on its website, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate reported Tuesday morning.
It was not immediately clear how this will affect the Mardi Gras Indians and smaller walking parades like ‘tit Rex, or if the city simply won’t be issuing permits or will actively take steps to shut down events that have traditionally not needed a permit.
Under its Mardi Gras 2021 Frequently Asked Questions, one of the questions reads, “Question: Will there be parades in the City of New Orleans this year?” The listed response is “Answer: Parades of any kind will not be permitted this year because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of the COVID-19 virus.”
In a question on the same page about whether visitors will be allowed for Carnival, the website said the city is “always open for business” but encourages wearing masks and social distancing.
The news comes in the middle of a social media campaign by the mayor’s office to crowdsource ideas from the community on how to “modify carnival season so it’s safe for everyone.” Ideas must include a detailed explanation on how the idea will prevent large crowds and how it can be adjusted to suit “possible public health guidelines in place at the time of the event.”
Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office is holding a press conference at 11 a.m. to provide more details.