New Orleans & Company announced today that although Mardi Gras parades will be banned this year due to Covid. New Orleanians will still celebrate with some creative adaptions.

The notification, which came on what is known as “Twelfth Night,” the historic start of the Mardi Gras season leading up to Fat Tuesday on February 16, was issued as an edict from Rex, King of Carnival. It focused on keeping the Carnival tradition in New Orleans that started in 1872 alive—and the industry that supports the annual tradition at work.

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Creative adaptations include:

“The Rex Royal proclamation continues a carnival tradition more than a century old,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of New Orleans & Company. “Although Rex and other organizations will not hold their traditional parades through the streets on Mardi Gras Day 2021, we join Rex in inviting visitors to come enjoy New Orleans—safely within the guidelines—and learn about the majesty of our Carnival traditions.”

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