This Interactive Map Is Your Guide to New Orleans’ Most Impressive Mardi Gras House Floats
The coronavirus pandemic is no match for the spirit of Mardi Gras.
With parades canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the people of New Orleans still found a way to laissez les bons temps rouler this Carnival season, converting their stoops, porches, and balconies into stationary "floats."
What started as safe way to fill the void of parades and put unemployed artists back to work has bloomed into a city-wide phenomenon. As Fat Tuesday approaches, the Associated Press reports that thousands of homes are participating in the "house float" movement with installations big and small.
From the mansions along St. Charles Avenue with elaborate displays by one of the city's biggest float-making studios to the countless DIY efforts spurred by the growing Krewe of House Floats Facebook group, New Orleanians are breathing joy into a city hit hard by the virus.
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Tom Fox, whose wife created a Spongebob Squarepants scene for their home, told the AP that he thinks a new tradition may have begun.
"Even when Mardi Gras comes back, I think people are going to keep doing this," he said.
We sure hope so!