New Orleans Might Look Like A Ghost Town For Mardi Gras This Year
Mardi Gras is quickly approaching but the city where it's celebrated the most, New Orleans, won't be as exciting this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced multiple new restrictions that will be put into place on Mardi Gras weekend and Mardi Gras day in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Visitors and locals normally pack the bars and roam the streets with boozy drinks in celebration of the holiday, but getting a drink will be even more difficult this year as all bars will be closed inside and outdoor citywide.
Today, we announced the regulations and enforcement for Mardi Gras weekend and Mardi Gras day. What we saw on Bourb… https://t.co/lRuhNSgeHx— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@Mayor LaToya Cantrell) 1612549458.0
Popular streets such as Bourbon, Frenchmen and Decatur will also seem very empty compared to years before, as no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed on them between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.
The annual New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade has also been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But there is no need to worry if you decided to celebrate the holiday from home this year, as a virtual celebration, dubbed "Mardi Gras For All Y'all," will be held featuring famed music acts such as Jimmy Buffett, Emeril Lagasse and Archie Manning.
You can stream the three-day event on February 12, 13, and 14 on Youtube, Facebook Live and Nola.com.