Mardi Gras may be cancelled, but NOLA’s carnival spirit is very much alive with the Yardi Gras extravaganza.
When the parades and usual festivities get cancelled, New Orleans proves that nothing can truly stop them from painting the town yellow, purple and green.
The ‘house float’ concept has replaced the usual parades that pack the streets with atmosphere, music and fun. Organizers Krewe of House Floats have even announced that Big Freedia will be Gran Marshall of the safe and socially distanced parade. They have even provided a map of all the houses taking part!
Mardi Gras falls on the 16 February, so you’ve still got plenty of time to go and check out the incredible decorations all over New Orleans.
Citizens of the city have been elaborately decorating their front yards in order to keep spirits up. And as the big day approaches, here are 10 of the best ones the city has to offer.
These gorgeous decorations remind us why the parades and parties are cancelled. But they also confirm that Mardi Gras this year will be different – in the best possible way.
The French Quarter knows how to keep it classy. A stroll through the district will put anyone in the mood for Mardi Gras.
Jurassic Park meets New Orleans? A dream come true for so many residents, who have dibbed this the best Yardi Gras decorations in town. Big Freedia will be the judge of that.
Everyone needs a Zen moment when thinking about Mardi Gras moments from yesteryear. But get out of the past, and into the present with these stunning decorations.
This is the level of extra we not only needed, but expected from NOLA.
Round up! Round up! The circus is in town for Mardi Gras. These beautiful decorations are putting on the perfect show for the many Yardi Gras explorers.
Sometimes all you need are some lights, and you’ve got yourself a masterpiece. Check out the iconic New Orleans architecture lit beautifully festive, in the spirit of Mardi Gras.
A touching tribute to New Orleans hero and clarinetist Pete Fountain. With NOLA’s history, it would’ve been surprising if there wasn’t some decorations mixing Mardi Gras with Jazz!
The iconic beads of Mardi Gras are sometimes all you need to make an impactful statement. NOLA is decked out in beads this time of the year, so go and find the best objects, buildings and things that locals have covered in yellow, purple and green.
Yellow, purple and green are the official colors of Mardi Gras. And this floral arrangement is clearly proud to be in NOLA.
Another incredible event happening to replace the parties of Mardi Gras is ‘Floats in the Oaks’, a drive-through light show parade!