Mardi Gras House Floats in New Orleans

The pandemic can’t stop the party in New Orleans, where residents have transformed their homes into stationary Mardi Gras floats to help adapt the city’s traditional pre-Lenten celebrations for the age of social distancing. Last year’s festivities were among the nation’s first superspreader events, so there are no parades this year. Instead, in the interest of public health, Carnival has become a drive-through affair, with homes festooned with beads and all manner of decorations. “We’re doing this. Turn your house into a float and throw all the beads from your attic at your neighbors walking by,” wrote Megan Joy Boudreaux on Twitter on November 17, the day that the city called off Mardi Gras 2021. What began as a joke was

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10 Things You Need to Remember About New Orleans During Mardi Gras

With Fat Tuesday just around the corner on March 5, now is as good a time as any to educate visitors on proper attire, protocols and general behavior during New Orlean’s most hyped and honored tradition. It’s a Family Affair Forget what you’ve heard. Unless you keep your bacchanalia confined to Bourbon Street (where you’ll definitely see beads and topless folk of all kinds), the vast majority of parties and parades are geared toward the whole families – littles are very much included in the festivities! Just try to Keep Up People in New Orleans take their partying seriously. Very seriously. It’s not for the faint of heart. You can burn out if you roll into the city early and

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