NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans residents are ushering in Carnival season, hoping the annual weeks-long celebration can be held safely amid a surge of COVID-19 infections.
Carnival season kicks off with a rolling party on the city's historic streetcar line and an annual procession honoring Joan of Arc in the French Quarter.
Carnival comes to a raucous climax on Mardi Gras, which falls on March 1 this year.
Authorities realized too late that the 2020 celebration was a major spreader of the virus and last year's activities were largely canceled. This year, the city has a relatively high vaccination rate and authorities are allowing the festivities to go on.
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2022 Carnival Parade Schedule
Monday, Feb. 28
Tuesday, March 1
The Associated Press contributed to this report.