We may be in the middle of a global pandemic but that isn't stopping New Orleans from celebrating Mardi Gras! Residents have turned their yards, homes and businesses into stationary "floats."

While I have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, I have visited the Crescent City during one of the annual trips I take with my daughter to celebrate her birthday. We've walked Beale Street, taken the trolly down Saint Charles Boulevard and eaten beignets at Cafe Du Monde. We even saw the house used as the facade of "Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies" in American Horror Story, Coven. The home is really named Buckner Manor.

There is no doubt that The Big Easy is an exceptional city rich with culture and tradition. One of those traditions are the Mardi Gras parades. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has put a damper on the ability to hold a parade as it simply wouldn't be safe to have parade -goers crowded together along the streets but if we know anything about New Orleans and her people, it's that she (and they) is resilient!

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Since the parades are off the table for 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, residents of New Orleans have gotten to work. They have turned their homes and  businesses into Mardi Gras "floats," decked in the traditional purple, gold and green, some with traditional celebratory themes and others putting a more "current events" or "pop culture" spin on it. The really great thing about this is that we can all enjoy the art and craftsmanship that has gone into helping the Big Easy continue it's long standing tradition, even if it looks a little different this year. There's no doubt that the parades, revelry and beads will be back in NOLA in the future but for now, take a look at these amazing photos showcasing the talent of New Orleans and their love of Mardi Gras.


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