UPDATE: 11/30/20 8:00 PM — “It would be best to just call it off for safety and of course the community,” said Hailey Kenly, One of three captains for Krewe of Janus.
The sound, the beads, and the fun. Come February, the twin cities won’t be seeing that this year.
“It’s very hard for the krewe. The board had to meet for several weeks…we’ve been talking about the possibility of this since the beginning of this season,” said Kenly.
The decision to cancel the parade didn’t come lightly, the Krewe of Janus says they tried to come up with options to work around the pandemic and still hold the parade.
“Regardless of our parade route, it’s hard for people to space out. So to be safe, it’s just easier to say no. It’s just socially not acceptable for us to do that…it’s no way we can manage the crowds in the way that they would need to,” said Kenly.
Mardi Gras is one of the biggest weekends of the year economic wise for our area. As people travel for hours from other states or rural parts of Louisiana, the loss of Mardi Gras spending affects more than you might think.
“Things like this hurt our economy because we aren’t getting those new dollars into the community–making more money for our individuals as well as our sales tax that helps our schools, police, fire, roads–those sales tax that they generate help our community,” said Alana Cooper, President of Discover Monroe–West Monroe.
So what’s the plan now for the Krewe of Janus?
“We’re gonna use this time to do what we can for community involvement and fundraising and spend a little more time on getting ready for the next parade season in 2022….and as always laissez les bon temps rouler,” said Kenly.
The Krewe de Riviere has their meeting Tuesday night to discuss their parade and other festivities ahead of the 2021 Mardi Gras season.
WEST MONROE, La. — The Krewe of Janus has canceled the 2021 Mardi Gras celebrations in the twin cities.
According to the Krewe, the 2021 Mardi Gras Twelfth Night, Ball, and Parade has been canceled after consultations with local government.
The Krewe of Janus, which was established in 1984, has been organizing a yearly Mardi Gras Parade in Monroe and West Monroe for over 35 years.
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