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No Mardi Gras parades, so thousands make 'house floats'

Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Virus Outbreak Paradeless Mardi Gras
Posted at 1:39 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 01:50:17-05

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — You just can't keep a good city down, especially when Mardi Gras is coming.

All around New Orleans, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus outbreak canceled the elaborate parades mobbed by crowds during the Carnival season and on Fat Tuesday.

Some smaller groups announced no-parade plans before the city did.

But the "house float" movement started almost as soon as a New Orleans spokesman announced in November that parades were off for the season.

Megan Joy Boudreaux says it started as a joke on Twitter, but she began to like the idea and started a Facebook group called the Krewe of House Floats.