BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish officials released new information regarding the status of 2021 Mardi Gras parades.
Catching throws at Mardi Gras parades could look a lot different than years pass if local krewes even roll. Today, the mayor’s office met with Baton Rouge Krewes to talk about ways to safely celebrate the season.
Robert King, the president of Spanish Town Mardi Gras, says “We’re still planning because my theory is that it’s easier to go back than it is to go forward. So, if we wait till the last minute, we have to try and gear up. I mean we already have everything in place.”
Spanish Town will not have their annual ball for the Mardi Gras season, but they are thinking ahead of what they can do to keep the parade rolling.
“I recommend maybe cutting down 75 to 50 floats, lengthening the route that way you spread the people out, require masks on the floats and in the crowds,” says King.
Other krewes pitched other safety ideas, but medical experts say they are worried about what January will look like considering the weather will be colder. There were also questions on how to control the crowds and float riders.
“But you know when you start having 152,000 plus people, who controls them? You can only fuss at them so much,” adds King.
Mayor Broome says any decision will have to wait until at least Dec 4th. That’s when the governor will decide whether the state can move forward from Phase 3 or not.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released a statement regarding the status.
Since March, residents in our city have made adjustments to their daily habits and routines due to the coronavirus pandemic – especially during beloved holidays.
At this point, we do not know where we will be with COVID-19 come early February, but we must ensure we take the proper precautions to protect our community, our residents, and our economy.
Today, I gathered community stakeholders, including many parade organizers and members of the medical community to discuss the upcoming Mardi Gras season. I welcome our parade organizers to propose events where participants can stay socially distanced and safe.
Currently the state’s Phase 3 order is in effect until December 4. It would be prudent to wait until then to learn if an extended order would affect modified events during Mardi Gras.
We’ll have more information on at 9News at 6.
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