Rex cancels ball, no king and queen of carnival for 2021


The Rex Organization will not hold its annual ball, and will not select a king and queen for Mardi Gras 2021, The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate reports.

A Rex official said the organization "recognizes the seriousness of this pandemic," and says endangering the health and safety of its members is "the opposite" of the group's mission.

According to the publication, this is not the first time a pandemic has disrupted Rex. The Spanish Flu epidemic a century ago prevented them from holding their ball in 1918 and 1919.