BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Mardi Gras festivities in 2021 are up in the air right now due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Krewe of Spanish Town is planning to roll forward with their parade and ball.
The group says they would rather have a plan in place and roll back than call it off too soon.
“We are fairly confident that now as everything is progressing, that we are going to be able to have a parade,” Spanish Town Mardi Gras Board Member Bill Brumfield said.
Board members say they need a final answer from city and state leaders by December or January.
“People like to get their krewes together like August, September and start working on costumes, whose riding, and what they will put on their float, people don’t like putting that off until the last minute,” Spanish Town Mardi Gras Board Member Robert King said.
King and Brumfield say they want to give the people what they want.
“They’ve been cooped up, they’ve been told you can’t do this, you can’t do that, they want out, they want to have some fun,” Brumfield said.
The Raising Canes Center is booked for the Spanish Town Ball at the end of January.
They are looking at several different options for capacity, it will ultimately be up to city leaders and the Governor’s Covid-19 mitigation measures.
“We made plans for 25, 50 and 33% percent. We will lose money at 25, we will make it at 33-50… not a lot, but it will get people in and get them to enjoy life,” King said.
Board members say the events support local businesses and charities.
“Every year we donate approximately $90,000 to local charities, there are a number of charities and while they don’t absolutely have to have our little bit of money we give them, they depend on it,” Brumfield said.
The Governor stands by his statement released in September on the issue:
“It would be purely speculative today to say we know what Mardi Gras will looks like next year. So much depends on the caseload this winter and the status of our hospitals and health care system then. We will work with local officials in the coming months to discuss Mardi Gras and other celebrations and gatherings.”
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