NOLA Mardi Gras parades postponed due to high winds

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 17:13:20-05

The New Orleans Police Department announced the cancellation of Thursday's parades due to anticipated high winds associated with a cold front moving through the area. The krewes of Babylon, Chaos, and Muses will be rescheduled to roll throughout the Carnival weekend as floats-only parades.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Orleans Parish that is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening through 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Sustained winds between 15 and 25 mph, with frequent gusts up to 35 mph, are expected. Winds at this speed pose a danger to high profile vehicles, such as floats. Winds can also down power lines and tree limbs, which are heavy from rain throughout the day. With this forecast, the NOPD, in consultation with the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, has determined that it would be unsafe to roll parades this evening.

The krewes of Babylon, Chaos, and Muses have been informed and have chosen time slots on alternate dates to reschedule their parades. Because of the packed parade schedule this weekend, the rescheduled parades will be floats only, with no additional elements like bands or marching groups. The NOPD thanks the krewes for their understanding and their commitment to public safety.

The rescheduled parades will roll as follows:

Muses: Friday, Feb. 21 at 4:45 p.m. starting at Perrier Street and Napoleon Avenue

Babylon: Friday, Feb. 21 at 5:15 p.m. starting at Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue

Chaos: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. starting at Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue

Updated parade schedules are available at