Mayor LaToya Cantrell said: The Mardi Gras season will be held in New Orleans in 2021, but it will be a coronavirus-related issue subject to public health restrictions, said Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Thursday night.
She asked the krewe captains during the Mardi Gras Advisory Council meeting to find out creative ways to adhere to the religious, cultural and social traditions of the Carnival before December 5 – a month before the start of the season. She emphasized that the celebration would continue.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell has asked the captains of the New Orleans Carnival to provide a “dead date” to decide to continue with …
“There is no way it will be canceled,” said the mayor. “It will be different.”
For example, Cantrell suggests that more parades could be broadcast to minimize crowds. Famous permanent groups can be visited by small groups over time by celebrities or krewes can partner with restaurants to host small, safe COVID events.
Cantrell emphasizes that her suggestions are just meant to inspire brainstorming, not as a template. She said, “The difference won’t come from me; they’ll come from you.”
Smaller walking parades will also be required to follow safety guidelines, she said.
Dr. Takeisha Davis, a board member and pilot of the Krewe of Femme Fatale Electric, has provided safety recommendations from a committee committee. The panel recommends that parades wear masks and stay with their group six feet away from other groups. It also recommended that tents and other structures be prohibited on parade routes, no alcohol and no canning – all attempts to prevent crowds from gathering.
Clark Brennan, captain of the Krewe of Bacchus, said the big parade “is definitely planned to land down St. Avenue. Charles ”on February 14th, if…
The Davis subcommittee recommends riders at least 6 feet apart, although they are often stuck shoulder-to-shoulder with krewe members. The panel also recommended that the riders refrain from hanging “high value” jewels above the audience, again to avoid attracting crowds.
“Our committee understands the challenge here,” Davis said, but she added, “We absolutely love Mardi Gras” and wants the celebration to continue safely with the audience and the riders. .
City Hall will spend $ 7.5 million on parade services, Cantrell said, led by $ 4.7 million for police protection and $ 1.7 million on sanitation.
“We’re already behind the eight ball,” says Cantrell of the challenges of hosting the Carnival during a pandemic that have undermined city sales and led to her management falling behind. employee discharge.
But if Carnival does, City Hall can expect $ 530,000 from licensing and licensing fees and $ 8.7 million from indirect revenue.
Mardi Gras 2020 season plays a role in the spread of the new coronavirus in late February. In April, the mayor warned that the cancellation of the 2021 Carnival parades, slated for February 5-16, was a possibility. However, lately there is reason to believe the mayor has
An email from City Hall on Thursday reassured the public that “Mardi Gras 2021 was not canceled,” but it would be different.
Earlier this week, Cantrell asked to still consider permitting parades in 2021. The captain of New Orleans krewes provided a “dead” date at which they would not be able to continue parades and parties big in season 2021.
The leaders of two floating parades, Oshun and NOMTOC, canceled their 2021 parades. During the meeting on Thursday, the mayor announced that the parade in the West Bank of Adonis had finished.
But many of the other 31 parade organizers have pushed their plans for the upcoming season. Bacchus captain Clark Brennan said on Thursday, “Bacchus definitely plans to land on St Charles Avenue while waiting for approval from the City of New Orleans. We have a theme, new painted buoys as well as throws and costumes are being produced. “
Advisory Council co-chair James Reiss said the mayor had full support of the council. “We are all volunteers and do this because we love Mardi Gras and love the city,” he said. “We have no intention of putting you in a dilemma, we try to throw an event” that will make people suffer.