PHOTOS: Mardi Gras canceled? Not at City Parks’ Floats in the Oaks!
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.
There were over 40 floats from different krewes under the oaks on Roosevelt Mall in City Park Thursday night in New Orleans. “The Floats in the Oaks” allowed spectators to view big floats from Orleans and Jefferson Parishes like the Bacchawhoppa and Bacchagator, a giant whale and alligator in the Super Krewe of Bacchus, the Krewe of Muses Rubber Ducky, and the Boeuf Gras float, a giant bull, from the Krewe of Rex, and Mr. Big Shot from the Krewe of Zulu. The Pussyfooters of New Orleans Walking Krewe also performed in the neutral ground. 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. Different walking krewes will perform on different nights. It appears the Krewe of Tucks may have tossed some toilet paper at the start of the parade by the City Park administration building. Photos by Matthew Hinton.
Matthew Hinton is a New Orleans area freelance photographer whose work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Awards in 2014 and 2016, and by numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Hal Ledet President's Print Photography Award, the highest honor the Press Club can bestow upon a photographer. Matthew Hinton has previously been a staff photographer at both of the daily newspapers in New Orleans. His work has appeared nationally and internationally through freelance work with the Associated Press and AFP, Agence France-Presse.
Obviously there’s some hesitancy by many to eat inside restaurants at the moment, so I did some research to find out which restaurants were available for take-out, outdoor seating or both! This way you can each this longtime tradition without putting yourself at more risk than you’re comfortable with.