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Lafayette, Carencro kick off 2021 Mardi Gras season with flag raising

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Posted at 10:09 AM, Jan 06, 2021

Lafayette and Carencro officials gathered on Wednesday to kick off the 2021 Mardi Gras season.

A flag raising ceremony was held January 6, at 8:30 am to officially declare the season's start in Lafayette Parish.

Representatives from local Mardi Gras Associations were on hand at Wednesday's event.

Following brief remarks, Mayor-President Josh Guillory raised the Mardi Gras flag in front of city-parish hall.

A similar ceremony was Wednesday night in Carencro.

The Carencro Mardi Gras Association, local krewes and Carencro city officials gathered at City Hall located on E St. Peter Street for the official flag raising. The event marked the beginning of Carnival season, even though the Carencro Mardi Gras parade will not take place this year.

Carencro's parade was canceled by the city's Mardi Gras Association in December due to "circumstances out of its control," a decision the association says was based on "all aspects of not being able to provide a safe environment for all parties involved."

"The parade will not happen this year because of the number of people involved," spokesperson for the association David Bernard said. "Not just being participants in the parade, but the people involved in putting on the parade. It's just too many people, too many entities involved, and for the safety of it the Carencro Mardi Gras Association decided not to have the parade this year."

That ceremony began at 5:00 pm.

Find more on 2021 Mardi Gras here.

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