Mardi Gras

Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

 (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mardi Gras — or Fat Tuesday — has arrived in New Orleans. But officials in the tourism-dependent city aren’t hoping for big crowds during the coronavirus pandemic. All parades are canceled and bars throughout the city have been closed since Friday. Even take-out drinks are forbidden. And officials put restrictions on crowds…

New Orleans Cancels All Mardi Gras Parades

FILE – New Orleans (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) A New Orleans spokesman says there won’t be any parades on Mardi Gras or in the weeks leading up to it because they can’t fit within crowd restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Spokesman Beau Tidwell said Tuesday there’s just no way to hold traditional parades without violating a 250-person limit…

The City of Mobile Planning for 2021 Mardi Gras Despite Pandemic

FILE (AP Photo/Press-Register,Victor Calhoun) The city of Mobile is moving ahead with plans to hold Mardi Gras celebrations in early 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic. Some groups already have called off parades and balls over concerns about spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. But news outlets report Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s office has released a memo saying Mardi Gras isn’t being…

City of Mobile Plans to Move Forward with Mardi Gras Celebrations Despite Pandemic

The city of Mobile is moving ahead with plans to hold Mardi Gras celebrations in early 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic. Some groups already have called off parades and balls because over concerns about spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. But reports say that Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s office has released a memo saying Mardi Gras isn’t being canceled. And the…

Hundreds of People Enjoy Prattville Mardi Gras Parade

Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Prattville to enjoy the 15th annual Mardi Gras parade. Sunny skies , warm temperatures, and a cool breeze met parade goers.There were food vendors, people selling other things, and plenty for kids to do. People at the parade say they love the family environment and community participation and thats why they come…

Hello New Orleans? Alabama is Calling…

Billboard trolls Big Easy

Brittany Callahan—A Facebook use—- posted this photo of an Alabama Tourism billboard in New Orleans as Mardi Gras begins. As Alabamians know, The United States Mardi Gras originated in Mobile and is still celebrated in the Port City, though there is a somewhat larger event in Louisiana. This Alabama website has the low down on the original Mardi Gras—1703 in…