With COVID-19 cases on the decline but still less than half of the state’s residents fully vaccinated, plans are underway for next year’s Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile with parades, floats and parades. balls.
Venues like the city’s convention centers are already full and the first big parade is scheduled to take place on February 10, WPMI-TV reported. The pandemic has forced most events to be canceled this year, so the groups that organize the parades and other events are good to go.
“The mystical organizations are putting the finishing touches on their costumes, their designs of floats for these parades that will take place in the street. For groups that do not parade, they are also busy. So we have over 80 mystical organizations here in Mobile and they are all planning, I can assure you, ”said Judi Gulledge, executive director of the Mobile Carnival Museum.
Public health officials say COVID-19 cases could increase during the winter, as people spend more time indoors, and they are monitoring variants of the virus that could lead to a further increase in hospitalizations. But health officials hope COVID-19 vaccinations will help prevent another crisis that is filling hospitals.
More than 15,670 people have died from COVID-19 in Alabama, giving the state the second highest per capita death rate in the country. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about 42% of the state is fully vaccinated, one of the worst rates nationwide.
As New Orleans hosts the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, Mobile claims to have the oldest Mardi Gras and events are held all over the Gulf Coast.