BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Is it too early to start thinking about Mardi Gras 2021? Some krewes in Baton Rouge certainly don’t think so.
Some say they’re making plans now for their 2021 festivities.
A spokesperson with the governor’s office says it’s still too early to determine what Mardi Gras 2021 will look like, but those conversations are ongoing. Meanwhile, organizers of the Spanish Town ball and parade are making plans to roll full steam ahead.
The krewe’s annual ball is held at the end of January, with the parade scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13. Organizers say they’re looking at different scenarios, potentially holding the ball at the Raising Cane’s River Center with only 25% to 50% capacity. However, it’s really going to be up to what city officials and the governor say.
Robert King, one of the organizers, says they hope local officials can make a decision by the end of December.
“If everything goes properly with the government, we’re going to roll. We’re making plans to full steam ahead,” said Robert King with Spanish Town Mardi Gras.
Crew members say they have to move forward with expecting the best.
“We have to plan out, because if we wait till the last minute, we have to catch up, right now. If we have to, we can step back,” said King.
While the folks are hoping for a full Spanish Town Ball inside the Raising Cane’s River Center, King says some folks are on the fence about coming next year due to COVID.
“The 25% we won’t make money, the 33 and 50% we’ll make enough to cover and still have a few dollars left,” said King.
He says a lot of that money raised, goes towards local charities.
Meanwhile, the management company that runs the River Center, is still on the fence about all the Mardi Gras balls in 2021.
“We’re moving forward with them on as things, change, let’s develop a new plan situation,” said Les Crooks, Regional General Manager for ASM Global.
The folks that manage the events at the River Center are working on multiple contingency plans with either limited or full capacity.
“I think everything’s up in the air right now due to the protocols that are in place. If we’re limited to 250 people, I think we’re all hoping that by the time Mardi Gras rolls around, those protocols will be relaxed a little bit under control,” said Crooks.
And while the decisions in Baton Rouge regarding parades have not been made yet, people like Paul Arrigo with Visit Baton Rouge are hoping for the best.
“I think it’s a wait and see. And obviously, we want people to be safe, we want people to enjoy Mardi Gras, and we hope that we’ll have that opportunity in February of 2021,” said Arrigo.
“People want some sense of normalcy, of course we’re not a normal parade. But I mean they want to get out and smile, they want to get out and laugh, enjoy life,” said King.
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