Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana says it will not host parades this year

Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana says it will not host parades in 2021 due to the COVID-19...
Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana says it will not host parades in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(KPLC)
Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:48 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana says it will not host parades this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a post to its Facebook page, the group said the decision was made following discussions with local medical and public health experts, and government officials.

“Please continue to keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive by purchasing decor for your home or office from local vendors or purchasing king cakes for your immediate household from local bakers. Gather craft supplies to build shoebox floats with your kids and more.”

Rebecca Moss, head of Mardi Gras SWLA, says the cancellations include all other events sponsored by the organization, such as Twelfth Night, the Royal Gala, the Gumbo Cookoff, and the Car Show.

It will be up to individual Krewes on how to proceed with their own private events, Moss said.

“We truly hate that we cannot have any festivities whatsoever, but at this point, it’s not safe,” Moss said.

She said that it is the hope of Mardi Gras SWLA that once the weather warms up and COVID dies down, that some sort of Mardi Gras event will be able to be held, perhaps in the spring.

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Posted by Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana on Monday, January 4, 2021

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