´Floats in the Oaks’ Drive-Through Spectacular Will Replace 2021’s Mardi Gras Parade

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´Floats in the Oaks’ Drive-Through Spectacular Will Replace 2021’s Mardi Gras Parade

Drive-through light and float event confirms that Mardi Gras won’t be cancelled, just different.

The pandemic has been sorely but rightfully cancelling events across the globe. 2021’s Mardi Gras isn’t exempt, with the usual parades and parties called off. But New Orleans keeps proving that even though we can’t party together this carnival, we can still have a fun time.

The streets may be empty this February, but the parade will be going ahead! Except there’s a little twist to ensure that we can all have a safe Mardi Gras.

New Orleans City Park officials have confirmed an event entitled ‘Floats in the Oaks’ will be an incredible alternative to the usual festivities.

The organizers are responsible for ‘Celebration in the Oaks’. This annual event is a Christmas themed drive-trough extravaganza with beautiful light shows, that’s a favorite with NOLA locals.


Due to the cancellation of several Mardi Gras events, they’ve decided to create this brand new 1.3 mile drive-through parade, to help keep the spirit of carnival alive.

Several Mardi Gras krewes will be taking part, and ticket holders will be able to drive through to see them. Krewes participating include Hermes, King Arthur, Femme Fatale, Babylon, and many more!

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Organizers are encouraging people to dress up their bodies and cars for the event, ensuring a wonderful parade unlike any other New Orleans has experienced. As well as this, locals have been intricately decorating their front yards to help paint the town green, yellow and purple!

Tickets are $10 to $20, with additional experiences available including a train ride through the oaks and snack packs! The event is from February 4th until the 14th, guaranteed to fill any carnival void you may be feeling.

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