When it became obvious to everyone that going forth with our usual 70-something Mardi Gras parades in 2021 wasn’t going to be good idea, city leaders reached out to the public for ideas — ways to celebrate Carnival time safely. One of the best ideas came from Megan Joy Boudreaux who suggested in a Tweet that people decorate their homes like floats. "House Floats" caught on like flambeaux and the good news is they'll be back in 2022, even though the regular Mardi Gras parades are scheduled to roll as well. Check out the 2022 House Floats Map.
The Krewe of House Floats not only got everyone in the Mardi Gras spirit, but it became a great way to support our local artists community who began making and selling decorations. With plans for year two in the work, locals and visitors alike are hoping this becomes an annual Carnival tradition.
In 2021, from the Northshore to the South, on the East Bank and the West, our community celebrated“Yardi Gras” in a big way. (It gives new meaning to the term “Parade of Homes.”)
Restaurants such as Commander's Palace (pictured below), banks and other businesses even got in on the act!
Photographer Sidney Donaldson was inspired by what he saw in neighborhoods all around the city. He took many of our House Float pics (all of those above) and all of those in our "Floats in the Oaks' gallery for 2021. Thank you, Sidney!