The good times will not be rolling in New Orleans this year.
The Louisiana city will not allow Mardi Gras parades for 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to officials.
The Big Easy’s famed carnival parades were set to start on Jan. 2 and continue through late February — though officials cannot cancel Mardi Gras entirely because it’s a religious holiday, according to a frequently asked questions page on the city’s website.
“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,” the page reads. “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.”
The party hubs of Bourbon and Frenchman streets will remain open, but the popular districts will also be subject to local and state coronavirus guidelines “at all times,” according