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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Know that when it comes to the health of our people, I’d rather be accused of doing too much than not enough.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell
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.
Elaborately-decorated floats typically line the streets during Carnival leading up to Fat Tuesday, but the city called off all parades this year.
This is really about coming up with creative ways to celebrate Carnival that keep everyone safe until we can get through to the other side of this pandemic."
Megan Boudreaux, KOHF Founder
NOLA natives were not going to give up so easily, though. Instead, they created the "house float" movement.
Following the announcement of Mardi Gras being canceled, Megan Bordeaux called on her fellow New Orleanians to transform their houses into "floats" and the idea absolutely exploded.
It's decided. We're doing this. Turn your house into a float and throw all the beads from your attic at your neigh… https://t.co/xlDQEmBa3D— Medusa Ever Given (@Medusa Ever Given)1605628278.0
After an overwhelming response, Bordeaux founded the Krewe of House Floats (KOHF) to "help New Orleans have a fun and festive Carnival in 2021."
Now a full-blown movement, thousands of houses across the city are decked out in colorful, themed decorations as if they were floats in a Carnival parade.
"I know a lot of folks are sad and disappointed that Mardi Gras cannot be normal this year," said Bordeaux.
"But I am hoping that Krewe of House Floats can be a way for folks to channel their creative energy, make something positive out of a bad situation, and have something to look forward to in 2021."
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Parks-Bowman Mansion: The Library is the name given to an Airbnb listing by Adrienne, a Superhost on the site. The listing is in a great location and is shaded by many massive trees to make your stay feel secluded.
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There are even gardens and a full-size lap pool outside to enjoy as well.
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Gorgeous Louisiana Mansion With A Library
Price Per Night: $120
Address Or Neighbourhood: Garden District, New Orleans, LA
Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've been transported to another era thanks to the incredible interior and exterior of this Louisiana home.
These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.