With Mardi Gras effectively cancelled due to the coronavirus, New Orleans residents have been adorning their homes with “house floats” to get in the spirit.
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Perhaps no place in the world celebrates the day more raucously than New Orleans. In a normal year, you'd find Mardi Gras Indians like Hartley with their elaborate suits made of beads, feathers and sequins. You'd find colorful, thematic floats the size of small buildings rumbling down oak-lined avenues as masked "Krewe" members toss beads, cups, decorative coins (and just about everything else you can or can't imagine) to hundreds of thousands of screaming, costumed onlookers packed on the street.
You'd see and hear dozens of marching bands high stepping behind the floats, and you'd be delighted by a smattering of dance krewes — comprised of members of all ages and skill levels — with playful and often sexually suggestive names.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put all of that on pause, to the sorrow of countless locals.