Cantrell: "I am open" to rescheduled parades, but no request made


With parades not happening for Mardi Gras in February, could Mardi Gras krewes stage a celebration at some other time in 2021?

"That's something that has to be taken into consideration," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said, although she said it costs the city around $7.3 million to host Carnival.

"I have not received a request for that," the mayor said, "but it is something, absolutely, I would be open to."

But the mayor indicated it wouldn't be as easy as setting up another weekend or weekends for parades.

"It's not just Mardi Gras. It's many different events," she said. "Again, it's the fiscal implications as well as factoring in other events and festivals and activities that we enjoy throughout the year that are on a calendar, a rotating basis that we've just grown accustomed to."

Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng also floated the possibility of parades later in the year.