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If I had to leave Charlotte and live in another city, I think I would want to give New Orleans a try. I’ve never had a bad time there. I love the food, the music, the history…everything about it. Okay, maybe not the flooding, but everything else. I especially appreciate the indomitable spirit of the people in the Big Easy. Nothing, not even a pandemic, will stop them from letting the good times roll.

When the city of New Orleans decided to cancel the traditional Mardi Gras parade this year due to COVID-19, the mayor’s office released a statement reassuring the people of New Orleans that Mardi Gras 2021 is “not canceled, just different.” According to Pop Sugar, Mayor LaToya Cantrell asked the community to brainstorm safe and COVID-friendly ways to celebrate and that’s exactly what’s happening.

Instead of the parade, residents are decorating their homes to look like parade floats and other iconic Mardi Gras moments. They call it Yardi Gras and it’s awesome. Krewe of Red Beans even created the Hire a Mardi Gras Artist program, where residents can make a donation to the fund and, in exchange, enter for the chance to have their house “carnival-ized.”

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This just proves my point about the unique appeal of New Orleans. You can see photos of some of the amazing Mardi Gras houses¬†HERE. Look for festive¬†tributes to Dolly Parton, Dr. Seuss, Schitt’s Creek, and even Bernie Sanders’ mittens!