The Good Times Are Not Rolling In The Big Easy This Year
Not only will the floats not roll during Mardi Gras 2021 in New Orleans, but neither will the alcohol.
Let the good times roll? Not this year in the Big Easy.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell has banned all alcohol sales in the French Quarter and is shutting down all the bars in that area. This is in effect from Feb. 12-16. Fat Tuesday is Feb. 16.
That means no going insane with a Hurricane, no turning green from too many Hand Grenades, no multi-colored slushy drinks, no tube shots from buxom girls in the bars and no “Big Ass Beers” from street vendors.
“To those that are upset about these restrictions, know that when it comes to the health of our people, I’d rather be accused of doing too much than not enough,” Cantrell said.
Earlier, she had canceled all the Mardi Gras parades, which traditionally run for two weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday.
The ban is strict – the Bourbon Street bars will be closed, no to-go drinks will be available anywhere in the Quarter and police will set up checkpoints including, of course, on Bourbon Street.
As impossible as it is to imagine New Orleans without any parades for Mardi Gras, it is unfathomable to not be able to get a drink there anytime, let alone during this time of the year.
But that is the reality of the situation and Cantrell is basically telling locals and tourists to stay away from the city during this time due to COVID-19 concerns. Cutting off the booze is certainly the most effective way to do it.
Laissez le bon temps rouler?
Not this year for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.