HOUSTON, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — The traditional carnival parades in 2021 in the U.S. city of New Orleans has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19, local media reported Tuesday.
According to New Orleans’ local newspaper The Times-Picayune, the decision was made by Mayor LaToya Cantrell.
“Parades of any kind will not be permitted this year because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of the COVID-19 virus,” said a statement on the website of Mayor’s Office.
The decision was also confirmed on Tuesday by City Hall spokesperson Beau Tidwell. During a press conference Tuesday, Tidwell argued that the decision by Cantrell to ban parades next year was in line with the coronavirus restrictions in place — prohibits outdoor public gatherings of more than 250 people.
Tidwell said that the carnival in early 2021 will be a holiday that honors the tradition but is safe and follows public health guidelines. He said it “is not canceled, but is going to look different.”
Traditionally, New Orleans celebrates the carnival season each year with all kinds of parades that attract thousands of visitors.