New Orleans canceled Mardi Gras parades


New Orleans authorities have canceled traditional Mardi Gras parades due to the continuing rise in the incidence of coronavirus across much of the United States.

City spokesman Bugh Tidwell said at a press conference that the celebrations, which were scheduled for February 16, 2021, cannot take place under current restrictions on street gatherings.

“None of this should surprise anyone,” Tidwell said. “These guidelines have been in effect for some time.”

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