NOLA Mayor Says Krewes Who Cancel in 2021 Can Keep Their Spot
With all that is going in the world today, we still are looking forward to a little normalcy in 2021. And I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little worried about Mardi Gras already. Fat Tuesday will fall on February 16th next year, and one carnival krewe has already made it known that they will not be holding a parade in New Orleans.
With that being said, New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell let it be known on Thursday that Krewes who are considering pulling out of the 2021 festivities because of coronavirus concerns need not worry about losing their spot for the following year. During a livestream event Cantrell told former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial that she considered most big events in 2021 to be "on hold" and "I’ve also had some of our krewes make the decision that they would not parade in '21, and I have made sure no krewe will be penalized, no krewe will lose their spot." Morial is now head of the National Urban League.
At this point, the city has made no formal statement about whether Mardi Gras parades will be allowed to roll at all in 2021, and several krewes have already cancelled balls and other carnival events ahead of any decision. Read more about the mayor's Mardi Gras statements from nola.com.