Mardi Gras 2021 Goes Virtual

Reliving Mardi Gras 2020 safely from home

I was supposed to be in New Orleans with my family this Mardi Gras. But thanks to Covid-19 all parades and parties have been cancelled, so instead we’re home in Denver cooking gumbo, listening to The Rebirth Brass Band, and reminiscing about costumes, crowds, and carnival.

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New Orleans hit early with Covid-19 thanks to carnival

Last year I did manage to enjoy Mardi Gras 2020 in New Orleans, just two weeks before the coronavirus penetrated the U.S. and the world was shut down. Due to the immense crowds of Mardi Gras, New Orleans was one of the first U.S. cities to see a rapid spike in cases. My family & I worried for a few weeks that perhaps we caught it ourselves and brought it back to Denver with us! Thankfully, we never did get sick after our return, so then we just thanked the Mardi Gras Gods for providing us the best free party on Earth before beginning what is now going on a full year of quarantining, solitude, and Zoom gatherings!

Mardi Gras morning in the Marigny – Top 9 Costumes!

Since no one is able to enjoy Mardi Gras in the same way this year, I wanted to at least share my pictures from last year, starting with my favorites- Mardi Gras morning in the Marigny top 9 costumes!

The runner-ups below & see if you can find me?!

There are so many great costumes on Mardi Gras day, especially around Frenchmen St and the French Quarter that I had to include my runner-ups. Can you find me too?

Seeing & capturing all the costumes of Mardi Gras day is one of my favorite parts of carnival. I usually spend the whole day taking pictures in the French Quarter & dancing down Frenchmen Street with my husband. But this past year with 2 small children in tow he graciously let me sneak out before the kids even woke up so I could capture my photos and find a few of my friends that were going to be downtown. Sometimes I prefer going on photo adventures by myself. No one to keep up with & no one waiting on me to get the right shot.

St.Anne Parade in the French Quarter

Unlike the rest of Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday starts EARLY. I got up at 6 am to make the trip downtown by myself and found a prime parking spot right in the heart of the Marigny. Such a great spot that I actually got blocked in by the St.Anne parade. I had to hang out a bit longer then planned, till the parade passed, not that I minded! I actually ran into a few NOLA friends second lining along the St.Ann parade, it is after all a parade for locals & lovers, and anyone with a costume that wants to join in on the fun. The St.Ann is must-see walking parade that goes through the French Quarter and ends along the Mississippi River.

Once the parade passed I hopped back in my car and joined my husband and kids for the more family friendly Mardi Gras in Metairie, just in time for their parades to start rolling by around noon. It was a long day but with it being the grand finale to Mardi Gras, one that can’t be missed!

My kids yelling for beads!

And I started my blog with the best- Mardi Gras day, Fat Tuesday. But really the festivities begin way before that. Here are some more Mardi Gras 2020 pictures from the parades, live music, and all other pre-covid fun we were able to enjoy last year.

So much live music to chose from in New Orleans (pre-covid)

Wherever you are this Mardi Gras, I hope you are able take a moment to crank up some Mardi Gras tunes, dance around, and eat some yummy Cajun food!

To see more of my pictures or to purchase prints of New Orleans & Mardi Gras visit: https://nicolenichols.instaproofs.com/NewOrleans

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