Though Mardi Gras parades are cancelled for 2021, that doesn't mean the vibrant holiday isn't going to be celebrated. Near and far, many people are making plans to still take part in the festivities—in their own safe and special way, of course.
Check out the list below for ways to still get in on the fun.
Learn all the lingo.
Can't wait to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras in the future? Brush up on your Mardi Gras lingo to fit in with the locals. From flambeaux carriers to the history of krewe, take this time to indulge in the roots of Mardi Gras.
Try your hand at baking a king cake.
The king cake tradition is a delicious one—have yourself a slice, if you find the plastic king cake baby, you buy the next king cake or the next party! This frosted seasonal delight is a can't-miss part of Mardi Gras! Try making your own, or if you're not much of a baker, order one straight from New Orleans.
Whip up a signature New Orleans cocktail!
Whether you're in the mood for a strong Sazerac or a refreshing French 75, what better way to celebrate than mixing a taste of New Orleans up right in your own home?
Enjoy some walking tours and documentaries online.
There's a lot to the history of Mardi Gras! Explore it visually by taking in some virtual tours online, whether it's a mini-documentary or an inside look at parade floats and costumes.
Fill your home with the music of New Orleans.
Music is undoubtedly a massive part of the culture of New Orleans and Mardi Gras. There are a variety of ways to listen in, including some livestream concerts, playlists and more.
How do you plan to celebrate this year?
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for Groups Today.