BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Parish was planning on welcoming back Mardi Gras in 2022 but those plans are now up in the air as the Omicron variant surges.

“I believe as we confer with our medical experts and we get through January, then we will have a better grip on what we should do for February, including Mardi Gras,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Spanish Town Parade President Robert King continues to plan for the parade and ball.

“We have to plan to roll because we have time frames we have to meet and if we stall, people can’t get their beads, can’t book our band for the ball, we have to act like we’re rolling,” said King.

King is optimistic the biggest party in Baton Rouge will roll on. For now, he said float leaders will decide if they’ll have any COVID-19 restrictions.

“Last year we had a little reverse parade, but it was nothing like seeing everyone screaming and yelling for beads,” he said.

It’s been a rough 18 months for Mardi Gras businesses — from canceled parades to the rising cost of supplies.

Parties Start Here owner Nelson Maddox caters to the Gulf Coast. Maddox said if Mardi Gras is canceled for the second year in a row, he will have to make the toughest decision.

“This place will be shut down,” said Maddox. “It’s been very difficult. Thank God for my savings account.”

If the party continues, it will be another story.

“We will sell out early if Mardi Gras happens, St. Patrick’s Day if it happens, it will be bigger than it’s ever been,” said Maddox.

Both Carnival lovers are hoping for a purple, green and gold spring.

The Spanish Town Ball is still scheduled for February 5th and the parade on the 26th.