Gulfport cancels Mardi Gras balls, parades due to COVID-19

GULFPORT, Miss. (WXXV) — The City of Gulfport will not host any Mardi Gras events this year due to concerns over COVID-19, the Mayor’s office announced Monday. However, the Krewe of Gemini ball will continue as scheduled.

The City of Gulfport says, “Due to the presence of COVID-19 in our community, it isn’t prudent for us to host festivities that would draw large crowds.”

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said in a statement Monday, “The widespread impacts of COVID-19 continue to require unprecedented action, and difficult decisions.  The reality is that vaccinations may not be universally available until well into Spring and combined with the current rapid spread of the virus, this outcome is necessary.  The Krewe of Gemini is in agreement, and will keep options open for the possibility of a Mardi Gras observance during the Summer season.”

The City of Gulfport asks that residents continue to follow the CDC guidelines to protect themselves from COVID-19, including wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding gathering in large groups.

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