Mayor Cantrell kicks off Carnival season with scaled-down Kings’ Day event

Mayor Cantrell kicks off Carnival season with scaled-down Kings’ Day event
City of New Orleans Carnival Kickoff

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined other officials and Carnival representatives to officially kick off the Carnival season with a scaled-down Kings’ Day event.

The King’s Day event was held at Mardi Gras World to accommodate social distancing. In previous years, the event was held at Gallier Hall.

For Many, Jan. 6 is known as King’s Day (hence, king cake), Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, because it falls 12 days after Christmas. In Christianity, it is the day that three wise men followed a star to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus. Jan. 6 marks the final day of the Christmas season and the official start of Carnival season in south Louisiana.

King cake season, technically, lasts from the Twelfth Night until Fat Tuesday.

The city announced late last year that parades of any kind will not be permitted for Carnival 2021.

New Orleans tourism industry officials have come up with virtual and alternative celebrations.

The Krewe of House Floats has formed through a grassroots effort, hiring laid off float builders to transform homes into parade floats.

The city’s website also lists several Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to Carnival:

Is the City of New Orleans celebrating Mardi Gras in 2021?

The City of New Orleans cannot cancel Mardi Gras because it is a religious Holiday, however we will not be able to celebrate the Holiday this year as we have in the past.

Will there be parades in the City of New Orleans this year?

Parades of any kind will not be permitted this year because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of the COVID-19 virus

Are Mardi Gras Krewes holding Balls?

Some Mardi Gras Krewes may be holding modified Balls following strict local COVID-19 guidelines. Attendance at a Ball is by invitation only, therefore not open to the general public

Is Bourbon Street open for Mardi Gras?

Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street entertainment Districts are open, but subject to Local and State COVID Guidelines at all times. Capacity and hours can be subject to change. It is highly recommended that time in the city’s entertainment districts be limited and social distancing observed with mask wearing.

Is the City of New Orleans open for visitors during Mardi Gras?

This City of New Orleans is always open for business. However, all visitors must adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines which include wearing a mask in public and maintaining strict 6ft or more social distancing.

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