Posted in COVID-19 on February 5, 2022
Mardi Gras is the season of festivities, full of masked balls, extravagant parades, and the kings and queens of the krewes. As the biggest celebration in New Orleans, locals and visitors alike were disappointed at last year’s cancellation. COVID spread through the country like wildfire and caused a pandemic that we are still battling.
Still, the residents of New Orleans are resilient. In response to the canceled Mardi Gras 2021, locals turned their homes into floats. More than 3,000 homes were decked out in themed glory, a massive symbol of solidarity and strength.
This year, Mardi Gras 2022 will go on. Fat Tuesday’s iconic parades and festivities will carry on the traditions dating back to the 1700s. With rising cases of COVID brought on by the Omicron variant, Mardi Gras will look a little different.
In response to COVID’s recent escalation, Fat Tuesday will implement several new rules. According to Mardi Gras New Orleans:
Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her team have carried out a Modified Phase Three beginning January 12, 2022. In the multi-phase approach, public spaces are slowly coming back to life for Mardi Gras.
The modified restrictions are as follows:
According to the Mayor’s office, Mardi Gras 2022 will have limited staffing from public safety personnel, firefighters, law enforcement, and medical workers. In response, the parade routes have been changed.
The parade routes will look different due to staffing shortages. The Mardi Gras main site stated:
Mardi Gras parades are known for their extravagant floats. After last year’s cancellation, the floats of Mardi Gras 2022 are expected to be even more over-the-top.
The largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation happens in New Orleans. Nearly 1.4 million people flock to the city to share in the celebration.
Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, celebrates the time leading up to Lent. While Lent is known for fasting, the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday is a binge of excess. Present-day attendees come to join in the merriment from all over.
Unfortunately, with over a million visitors to the city and the routine overconsumption of alcohol, accidents can happen.
The most common injuries associated with Mardi Gras every year include:
Flying objects can cause significant damage to the head and eyes. To stay safe, wear sunglasses and always be aware of your surroundings.
Stay safe by using the highest SPF sunblock available and setting the alarm on your phone to remind you to reapply.
According to reports, in the 11 days before Fat Tuesday, 50% more people are arrested per day than outside Mardi Gras season.
Most notably, a man drove a truck into a Mardi Gras parade crowd in 2017. His blood-alcohol level was .232%. 28 people were sent to the hospital for their injuries.
Stay safe this Mardi Gras and try to use taxicabs or ridesharing services. There is no reason to drink and drive.
If you are around an abrupt fight, it is important not to interfere and reach out to security or police.
While Mardi Gras goers cannot always avoid danger, paying attention to the surroundings and drinking responsibly will help attendees stay safe throughout the celebrations.
Mardi Gras is world-famous, so much so that in 1872 the Grand Duke Alexis Romanov Alexandrovich attended the celebrations. From this visit, the King of Carnival, Rex, was invented. In addition, Mardi Gras adopted the Romanoff’s family colors as the official colors of the festival, purple, green, and gold.
The history of Mardi Gras has deep roots. It is a carnival worth attending at least once in a person’s life. However, it is imperative to be prepared. COVID, throws, and alcohol-related accidents are all dangers to be aware of during your visit.