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New Orleans Might Look Like A Ghost Town For Mardi Gras This Year

You might have to buy your own beads.

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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New Orleans Isn't Letting COVID-19 Stop This Mardi Gras Tradition

You can't keep NOLA quiet for the biggest party of the year.

New Orleans is not letting COVID-19 put a damper on certain Mardi Gras traditions even though normal celebrations have been canceled for 2021.

Elaborately-decorated floats typically line the streets during Carnival leading up to Fat Tuesday, but the city called off all parades this year. 

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This New Orleans Local Created A Face Mask Perfect For Sipping Cocktails

It's totally ideal.

Wearing a face mask in public is the new norm these days and seeing all of the different kinds that people are making has been quite entertaining. Big companies, small businesses, and more are taking on the challenge of creating a face mask that's ideal for their audience, even if that means being able to sip cocktails while still protecting your face! This New Orleans woman created face masks that you can sip cocktails while wearing and they're all the rage.

Ellen Macomber, a New Orleans local and owner of a small business, designed her face masks to have perforated, small lip-level holes to make sipping cocktails doable during this weird time.

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New Orleans Is Home To The Remains Of An Abandoned Six Flags Theme Park (PHOTOS)

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It's hard not to remember the devastating effects that Hurricane Katrina had on Louisiana back in 2005. What's often forgotten is that there are remains standing to this day that show just how devastating those effects were to some of our old favorite spots, including Six Flags in New Orleans. Photos of the former Six Flags, and for a few years Jazzland, show that the theme park no longer operates as usual, though the result of this has led to some pretty spectacular images.

Jazzland operated in New Orleans from 2000 to 2002 before it became a Six Flags park from 2003 to 2005 after which the flooding from Hurrican Katrina made it impossible to reopen. Now, its abandoned remains are all that's left of the once-beloved theme park.

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This Eerie 18th Century Cemetery Could Be The Most Haunted Spot In New Orleans (PHOTOS)

Who knows who you might bump into.

New Orleans is known for having a lot of spooky spots that are all reportedly haunted. You can find a ticket booth for ghost tours all across the city since there are so many creepy places to discover. Arguably the most haunted spot in New Orleans is this cemetery built in the 1700s that currently holds over 700 burial tombs. Enter if you dare, for this place may be crawling with spirits!

Created in 1789, the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest cemetery in the city and is a wildly popular tourist site for those who love ghost hunting or for those who just enjoy strolling through the long rows of preserved history.

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New Orleans Zoo's 1-Week-Old Giraffe Is Already Taller Than The Average American Dude

We knew they were tall, but geez!

While life may feel paused for some, for others it's carrying on as usual, and in truly beautiful ways. An uplifting example of this is that a giraffe at a New Orleans zoo gave birth to her baby girl named "Hope" just over a week ago, and they've both been doing well ever since. What's especially impressive is the baby giraffe's size, which, if you do the math, surpasses the average American male. 

According to Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, their newest giraffe, Hope, was born to Sue Ellen on Monday, April 6 and, despite being just over a week old, is six-feet-tall and a whopping 189 pounds.

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