LAFAYETTE, La. — Krewe de Canailles announced Tuesday that its annual walking parade in Downtown Lafayette will look different for Mardi Gras 2021 due to the pandemic.
According to a release, Cruise de Canailles 2021 will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 - 9 p.m., will be a city-wide celebration featuring homes and businesses fitted with Mardi Gras decoration and revelry for drive-by viewing.
The theme for this year's event is “Oh, The Places We Didn’t Go!” and encourages individuals, households and businesses to decorate porches, yards and storefronts, to celebrate pieces of our culture missed last year, or to poke fun at the new ways of life brought about by the pandemic.
With this format, anyone can register and sign up to be on the map for free, the release states, which gives everyone a chance to celebrate 2020 being over, and being “over” 2020.
Participants can register at KDC2021.Eventbrite.com, and may submit addresses to be on the map for viewing in the “cruise,” driving portion for the public.
The format is similar to driving around to look at Christmas decorations, but with a unique South Louisiana twist.
Participants at locations are encouraged to play music and dress in costume to add to the spirit of revelry during the event, and to keep decorations up throughout the Mardi Gras season.
“Our event is one of the only events not canceled in 2021, and we’re excited to give people release and an opportunity to celebrate,” said Blaze Petersen, president of Krewe de Canailles’ board of directors in the release.
Decorations in the theme may include the roads not traveled, anything people missed about normal life, things people are fachéd about, or whatever message people wish to communicate about 2020.
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