Major security measures and specific restrictions in place for 2021’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
The bars will be closed, and you’ll need to pass through checkpoints to access Bourbon Street, along with the other iconic hotspots that are usually buzzing from the spirit of carnival.
Mayor Cantrell has announced the restrictions in an attempt to crack down crowds and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
There will be additional restrictions in place in #NOLA to prevent the spread of #COVID19 during the final weekend of Carnival. Details at https://t.co/AJeXJbJuKc. pic.twitter.com/ICtIRrt9xB
— NOLA Ready (@nolaready) February 5, 2021
These rules range from alcohol prohibition to a strict curfew in certain areas of the city. They will only be in place during Mardi Gras, which takes place on February 16.
The cancellation of the usual festivities has not dampened the spirits of New Orleans. As several alternative events are taking the city by storm. Brining safe, and socially distanced fun to the gloomy news about this year’s Mardi Gras.
One of the events is Yardi Gras. Locals of NOLA are beautifully decorating their front yards with elaborate and artistic displays. One of the usual carnival krewes has even released an interactive map of all the house floats, so you can parade around the city your own way!
Another event is ‘Floats In The Oaks’, a drive-thru light and parade spectacle. The usually Christmas themed drive-thru switched holidays and themes due to the ongoing pandemic. Lifting the locals spirits up, you don’t want to miss.
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