Jefferson Parish Council discusses moving forward with Carnival celebrations

Jeff. Parish backs away from holding Carnival parades in May

GRETNA (WVUE) -The Jefferson Parish Council will discuss Mardi Gras 2021 and the possibility of moving forward with Carnival season amid the pandemic.

The council will discuss when parades could happen later this year.

In the ordinance, it says the council has the “intention to host parades when the community reaches COVID-19 immunity.”

Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken has previously said parades will likely not roll during Carnival season.

“If you are a Carnival organization or a business that’s focused on Carnival, you really only have one opportunity in a calendar year. That’s why it really became important for us to have those discussions and figure out a way to balance safety and being able to have the show go on.”

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Jefferson Parish Government Building in Gretna.

The council was set to previously discuss the changes on Dec. 10, 2020, but it was deferred until today.

In Orleans Parish, Mardi Gras parades will not be permitted in 2021.

According to the city’s Mardi Gras 2021 website, “Parades of any kind will not be permitted this year because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of the COVID-19 virus.”

No monarchs, including Rex and the Queen of Carnival, will be named.

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