New Orleans cancels Mardi Gras parades

Authorities said the festivities could not take place under restrictions due to the coronavirus.

New Orleans authorities have canceled traditional Mardi Gras parades due to the continued increase in coronavirus incidence in large parts of the United States.

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

“None of this should come as a surprise to anyone,” Tidwell said.

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