NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mardi Gras has arrived in New Orleans. But officials in the tourism-dependent city aren't hoping for big crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.
All parades are canceled and bars throughout the city have been closed since Friday.
Even take-out drinks are forbidden. And officials put restrictions on crowds in the historic French Quarter, which is usually the scene of huge gatherings.
Another possible factor in crowd control: Frigid, temperatures were in the weather forecast.
Other Gulf Coast communities also have taken virus-related safety measures. Mobile, Alabama, for instance, has canceled parades.
By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press