New Orleans 'House Floats' Fill Mardi Gras Void After Parades Canceled Due to COVID

New Orleans residents are keeping the spirit of Mardi Gras alive with decorated “house floats” in lieu of the city’s iconic parades, which were canceled as a coronavirus safety measure.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced in November that the city would not host parades for the 2021 Mardi Gras season, according to local media reports. Mardi Gras celebrations began on January 6 and continue through February 16.

Santi Melara Adams, a New Orleans-based Realtor, posted this footage of a home themed as the “Acadiana Hayride” in the Lower Garden District on January 16. Adams said she also filmed footage of another house float, themed as “Hooked on Quack,” near the Audubon and Riverside neighborhoods on February 2.

Adams told Storyful the coronavirus pandemic prompted a “completely new phenomenon” of house floats.

“The house float idea has spread to all the neighborhoods in the City of New Orleans and beyond, keeping the spirit of Mardi Gras alive!” Adams said. Credit: Santi Melara Adams via Storyful