Mobile moves ahead with Mardi Gras plans amid pandemic

Mobile moves ahead with Mardi Gras plans amid pandemic
This colorful jester statue sits in Mardi Gras Park on Government Street in Mobile, Alabama and is a file photo from 2020's celebrations. The city says 2021 plans are still on despite the pandemic. (Source: Carmen Poe)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The city of Mobile, Alabama, is moving ahead with plans to hold Mardi Gras celebrations in early 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Some groups already have called off parades and balls over concerns about spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. But news outlets report Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s office has released a memo saying Mardi Gras isn’t being canceled.

And the port city is getting ready to issue permits for parades that will wind through downtown streets.

The memo says the number of people riding on floats will be limited, and participants will need to wear face masks.

Fat Tuesday is Feb. 16, and celebrations typically begin weeks before that.

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