“I want to be very clear. Mardi Gras 2021 is not canceled. It is going to look different. The mayor has been very consistent about saying that at every stage,” said Beau Tidwell, communications director for Mayor LaToya Cantrell, during a Tuesday press conference.
“There’s no way that that’s responsible given what we know about the pandemic right now,” Tidwell said.
“So while we certainly want to move forward and find ways that we can celebrate, and we can mark this occasion, we have to do it safely. We have … 10 more deaths in the last two weeks. The positivity rate doubled in the last week.”
“While it will have a dramatic impact on our finances, The Roots of Music fully supports our City’s decision to cancel Mardi Gras parades in 2021,” Raether said in a statement.