Mardi Gras Coronations and Balls Could Be Cancelled
Big decisions about several Mardi Gras events are expected to be made in the near future.
The Northwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association is recommending scrapping all Mardi Gras events planned for this summer in Shreveport and Bossier. The proposal also encourages the Krewes to cancel all Balls planned for early 2021.
At this point, the parades will not be cancelled. They will still roll if it is safe to do so next year.
Captain of Captains for the Northwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association Tracy Herrin says Krewes are urged to cancel the following events:
1. Theme Announcements
3. Midway to Mardi Gras Parties
4. Twelfth Night Celebrations
5. Grand Bals.
Mardi Gras leaders in the region will be in touch with health officials and city leaders to determine what will happen with parades for next year.
Many wonder why the balls are being cancelled so many months ahead of those events and the answer has to do with the planning and venue selection for these large gatherings.
Krewes are encouraged to still continue their community volunteer efforts and joint outreach programs.
The Loblolly Krewe has also announced they will cancel this year's Loblolly 12th Night Luncheon.
There are 15 Krewes included in the Northwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association. Mardi Gras Coronation events were planned to be held this summer. No word yet on how the Krewes will select Royalty for the 2021 season. But it's likely the voting and election will be done virtually. Details are expected to be released once a plan is put in place.