The Louisiana Office of Tourism hosted an entertaining Mardi Gras Mambo virtual event Thursday night (Feb. 11) to help spread the carnival spirit with various members of the travel trade.
Attendees gathered online as vibrant media personality and New Orleans Chef Amy Sins cooked up some Mardi Gras-inspired sweets, while sharing life stories and culinary delights from Louisiana.
This year, Mardi Gras takes place on Tuesday, February 16, but the celebrations will look a little different due to pandemic restrictions. While parades will not be rolling, New Orleanians surely will be as they have come up with virtual and alternative celebrations to carry on the Carnival tradition.
"It’s important to know that the celebrations of Mardi Gras is still alive in Louisiana, the spirit of Mardi Gras is still alive in us and we’re going to keep the traditions going," said Louisiana Office of Tourism’s Assistant Secretary of Tourism Doug Bourgeois.
What will Mardi Gras look like this year?
New ways of celebrating include house floats where members and krewes in neighbourhoods across the city have put their creativity to work to transform the exterior of their homes to resemble spectacular Mardi Gras floats.
The Mardi Gras colours – purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power) – will continue to dominate this year’s celebration and spectators will have the opportunity to drive by and enjoy the awesome sights.
Mardi Gras for All Y'all is a spectacular virtual celebration that will bring New Orleans’ signature celebration to the world.
The three-day virtual event will feature music, parades, entertainment, cuisine, and more, live broadcast on February 12, 13, and 14 at 8 pm central.
To see the full line-up, visit MardiGrasForAll.com and watch the trailer here.
Canada’s Louisiana Office of Tourism representative, Joanne Scalamogna, thanked everyone for joining in on the “cheers” to a future when we can laissez les bon temp roulez in person again.
Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!
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