Tuesday, the City of New Orleans canceled their 2021 Mardi Gras parades. Mississippi’s coastal cities want to keep everyone safe during the 2021 Mardi Gras season.
News 25’s Sabria Reid takes us around the Coast to see how carnival season will look next year.
Carnival celebrations bring thousands of people together on the Coast. However, Gulf Coast cities are preparing for what to expect this upcoming 2021 Mardi Gras season with COVID on their minds.
In Biloxi, Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel says it is too early to tell if Mardi Gras will be celebrated next year. “Come the first or second week in January we should have an idea then. But meanwhile, the most important thing people can do as they go forward is right here. Wear that mask because that’s the only way these numbers are going to go down by people being responsible.”
Although Mardi Gras is still a few months away, city officials on the Coast are already considering ways for us to be safe during the celebration season.
In Ocean Springs, the day parade is set for Saturday, January 30th and the night parade is set for Friday, February 12th and are ready to roll and on the schedule. Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cynthia Dobbs Sutton said, “Right now we have two organizations, the Elks Lodge and the Ocean Springs Arts Association, to have their day and night parade set for 2021. We do ask that you wear a mask, that, of course, you social distance and do everything you can to follow the recommended guidelines.”
Gulfport is currently focused on clean up post Hurricane Zeta and developing an alternative to their annual Harbor Lights Winter Festival.
The coastal cities have the overall understanding that safety and personal responsibility will keep things moving forward towards carnival season. “If people do the responsible things we can continue marching forward to Mardi Gras.”
Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 16th. So far, no parades on the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been canceled.