NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Twelfth Night is nearly here, marking the official start of Carnival, as COVID-19 cases soar locally and nationally.
City health officials are closely monitoring the data heading into the season and Krewes are doing everything they can to make the celebration safer.
“We’re using the hashtag “Protect Our Parade”, wear a mask, wash your hands, get some distance if you can and be smart about it, don’t come out if you don’t feel good,” Antoinette de Alteriis, Co-Captain of Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc said.
Ushering in Carnival is going to look a little different for Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc this year, only operating at around 75% of what they usually pack the Quarter with, also requiring masks of marchers and fulfilling the city’s requirement of krewe member vaccination or proof of negative test.
“We have a lot of people who have had to drop out because someone in their family is sick and they are isolating, which we appreciate them doing,” de Alteriis said.
But, they will be making up for it with tons of new elements, performances, and throws.
“Ahead of our parade we are going to have a team of plague doctors sweeping the streets to get rid of the plague and make way for carnival,” Co-Captain, Amanda Helm said.
COVID, unfortunately, can’t be swept away. Rio de Janeiro canceled a major part of their Carnival celebration.