Mardi Gras to return to New Roads in 2022

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NEW ROADS, La. (BRPROUD) – After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Mardi Gras is returning to New Roads.

New Roads is dubbed “The Prettiest City on the Water” and soon they will let the good times roll.

“Well, when you live in Louisiana and you miss a Fat Tuesday for one year, it’s serious, but to miss a Fat Tuesday twice in a row is huge,” said New Roads Mayor Cornell Dukes.

The news was announced on Facebook. Dukes said after COVID-19 interrupted their plans they are excited for the event to return in 2022.

“The hospital bed count in Louisiana here is going down drastically and we appreciate that. So we’ve been watching those numbers and we just think that by the beginning of the year we should be ready to roll here in a huge, huge way,” said Dukes.

The announcement has people like New Roads resident Frances Chesson ready for the beads and bands.

“It is a lot of fun. We have a lot of things going on, you know, that causes a lot of exciting creations,” said Chesson.

“They miss it, they want to bring it back, to bring it back to New Roads where everyone can get together in New Roads,” said New Roads resident Ray Anthony Powell.

Along with floats and fun, Mardi Gras will serve as an economic booster.

“We need that. We always welcome, you know, things that we can possibly do to bring financial income into our town to keep everybody here running,” said Chesson.

Now that carnival season is just months away people are already working to get their floats rolling.

“We’re just excited. It’s an exciting time. I wish we could have it today,” said Dukes.

Mardi Gras festivities are still in the works but the date is set for March 1.

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