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Mardi Gras

PHOTOS: Cancelled, Cold and COVID – Mardi Gras 2021 Prevails

By Matthew Hinton | February 17, 2021

Even though Mardi Gras 2021 looked different, you can’t keep Carnival out of the hearts of New Orleanians. Here’s a look at Mardi Gras Day during COVID-19.

Mardi Gras Cocktails-to-go

The best Mardi Gras cocktails-to-go by neighborhood

By Marielle Songy | February 9, 2021

They might have canceled parades this year, but cocktails aren’t canceled! Whether you’re working on your house float or chowing down on king cake, these festive concoctions are sure to get you in the spirit. Here’s a list of some bars and restaurants that are offering Mardi Gras cocktails-to-go, so that you can stay socially distant and safely get your drink on! 

Carnival during COVID-19: How to make the most of Porch Gras 2021

By Aura Bishop | February 9, 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a second wave of high infection rates, Mardi Gras parades and related events have been cancelled this year. Let’s take a look at some resources and ideas for having your very own virtual Mardi Gras!

King Cake Delivery

Here’s your guide to all the king cakes you can get delivered in New Orleans

By Marielle Songy | February 5, 2021

To save the hassle of fighting the crowds and standing in lines, your best bet will be to order your favorite king cake and have it delivered right to your door. Here are some local bakeries that are shipping cakes, so you can easily satisfy your sweet tooth, whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras locally, or from afar!

PHOTOS: Mardi Gras canceled? Not at City Parks’ Floats in the Oaks!

By Matthew Hinton | February 5, 2021

Because of the cancellation and postponement of parades and gatherings for Mardi Gras 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the drive-thru event from Feb 4-14th offers a safe alternative for those missing out on float parades this year.

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Here’s how house floats came to save Mardi Gras

By Christy Lorio | February 1, 2021

As the Red Beans Parade banner says, this year the “People Are King,” which is evident in the pageantry exhibited across town in the form of house floats, from Broadmoor to Bywater.  

Here’s your guide (with pictures!) to explore the Krewe of House Floats

By Matthew Hinton | February 1, 2021

The Krewe of House Floats is an initiative to decorate homes during the Carnival season because of the cancellation and postponement of parades and gatherings for Mardi Gras 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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From coconuts to COVID-19: a history of the Krewe of Zulu

By Marielle Songy | January 28, 2021

The Zulu parade that rolls through the streets of New Orleans, on Mardi Gras morning, has long been a yearly routine for thousands of New Orleanians. The krewe itself has a rich history dating back to the early 20th Century.

More than just Monday or Fat Tuesday: Red Beans founder proves krewe is more than a parade

By Matthew Hinton | December 16, 2020

Krewe of Red Beans founder Devin De Wulf has some advice for people who, for one reason or another, end up in New Orleans. He believes it is important for people to expose themselves to new experiences in the many wonderful and different neighborhoods of the Crescent City.

Mardi Gras parades might be canceled for 2021 but your neighborhood house floats aren’t 

By Beth D'Addono | December 11, 2020

Thanks to the Krewe of House Floats, Carnival fans can follow an online map to walk, bike and drive by hundreds of house “floats” decorated in neighborhood themes and ready for viewing Feb. 1-16. Think of it like driving around to see holiday lights at Christmas time – look but don’t linger.