As Mardi Gras approaches, New Roads Mayor Dukes has announced the cancellation of all 2021 Lundi & Mardi Gras festivities due to the ongoing concern of the coronavirus pandemic spreading.
Normally during Mardi Gras, thousands of people gather in the prettiest city on the water along the parade route for great family fun. “Out of concern for the health and safety for the public, we don’t want to chance it,” said Mayor Dukes. “While it may be disappointing for some revelers, it is the right thing to do amid these circumstances. We are extremely hopeful for positive results from the vaccine however, the time is not now.”
The organizers and krewes of the 97th Annual Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade, one of the nation’s oldest African-America sponsored events; and the 77th Annual New Roads Lions Club Parade, Louisiana’s oldest Mardi Gras celebration outside of Louisiana, are already preparing for next year festivities. “We are known as the Little Carnival Capital but due to the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions set – all Lundi and Mardi Gras celebrations will be silenced along Main Street this year,” said Mayor Dukes. “Social distancing would be impossible among large crowds of that magnitude. We’re hoping we can let the good times roll next year in New Roads”.
All Lundi and Mardi Gras celebrations and parades in New Roads are scheduled to return in 2022.