Mardi Gras Turns into Yardi Gras: Houses in New Orleans Are Transformed into Mardi Gras Floats


Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the ever-creative residents of New Orleans have found a whole new canvas for their artistic expression. Jamie Wax/CBS THIS MORNING reports. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t killed Mardi Gras, but it has transformed it.

To the people of New Orleans, Mardi Gras is more than just the world’s biggest free party. Mardi Gras is the throbbing, pulsing, beating heart of the Louisiana city’s culture. But the coronavirus pandemic put much of Mardi Gras on hold after the city of New Orleans announced on Friday that the city would close all bars, ban the sale of to-go drinks, and halt all large gatherings from February 12 to February 16, 2021.

When news broke that Mardi Gras parades were canceled, locals got to work, and created their own COVID-safe celebration now dubbed – Yardi Gras. Thanks to the efforts of the philanthropic organization Krewe of House Floats, home and business owners linked up with local float makers and artists to recreate beautiful yards and porches with the same visually stunning and cleverly-themed float-like creations that make Mardi Gras famous.

Krewe of House Floats homes are available on a map on the KREWE OF HOUSE FLOATS official map.



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