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Krewe Of Boo To Roll In New Orleans; Officials Say It's 'A Step Toward' Mardi Gras Return

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Krewe of Boo Parade New Orleans 2017

After canceling its 2020 event due to the spread of COVID-19, the Krewe of Boo will be allowed to roll this year, according to a statement Wednesday from Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Cantrell said she consulted with health officials before announcing that the city’s annual Halloween parade would return Oct. 23. Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have decreased over the last few weeks after a deadly, highly transmissible fourth surge made the community and the state a virus hotspot once again.

She also noted that the Halloween parade could be a test for how officials plan for a 2022 Mardi Gras return.

“I am happy to approve the Krewe of Boo parade, rolling once again in New Orleans this fall,” said Mayor Cantrell. “I am allowing this event to move forward and will be keeping a close eye on how it unfolds. This is a step towards the return of Mardi Gras next spring.”

A spokesperson for the Cantrell administration said Tuesday the city would be examining the ability for the city to hold Mardi Gras with krewe leaders through October.

The parade will roll starting at 6:30 p.m. The krewe’s website says it will hold a costume party inside of Generations Hall following the parade. Krewe of Boo, which has local and national sponsors, also typically holds a Zombie Run, a dance-off event and a Masquerade Ball.

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