New Orleans Mayor Isn’t ‘Canceling’ Mardi Gras, But Closing it Off to Public

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New Orleans’s Mardi Gras celebration will definitely look a bit different in 2021, but thankfully the festivities aren’t completely off.

Next year, the holiday — also known as “Fat Tuesday” — will take place on Feb 16. Due to the fact that it’s a religious holiday, it won’t be canceled entirely, but parades and mass gatherings that New Orleans is famous for won’t be happening.

“We will not be able to celebrate the Holiday this year as we have in the past,” the mayor’s website read, but depending on what COVID-19 restrictions look like in February, there may still be some small parties allowed in New Orleans.

“I want to be very clear. Mardi Gras 2021 is not canceled,” communications director for Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Beau Tidwell, said at a press conference this week, CNN reported on Tuesday. “It is going to look different. The mayor has been very consistent about saying that at every stage.”

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