New Orleans is known for many things. Amazing food. Friendly people. Bourbon Street. Jazz. The French Quarter. Mardi Gras. Humidity.

One of the things that make New Orleans such a wonderful city is its resiliency and the ability to pull joy from tragedy. It was seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and it can be seen in the aftermath of COVID-19.

The announcement that Mardi Gras parades would be canceled for 2021 happened in November 2020. After the 2020 Mardi Gras became the first super-spreader event in the US, the decision was made to be safe and forgo New Orleans' iconic celebration in 2021. Hearts broke all over the Big Easy at the news.

But in addition to the loss of revelry for visitors, no Mardi Gras meant a loss of revenue for the artists and musicians that make Mardi Gras possible.

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Wedding Cake House

Wedding Cake House

This house, located in Uptown New Orleans, is known as the Wedding Cake house. But after this year's Yardi Gras, it may get a new name - Jurassic House.

The Sign hanging from the front porch reads “Thank you Mayor for keeping us safe.”

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Capelli rosa e patate
Community Member
3 months ago

Damn that’s amazing!! Your house really does look like a wedding cake 😂

Enter Megan Boudreaux, founder of Krewe of House Floats (KoHF). "I know a lot of folks are sad and disappointed that Mardi Gras cannot be normal this year, but I am hoping that Krewe of House Floats can be a way for folks to channel their creative energy, make something positive out of a bad situation, and have something to look forward to in 2021.

This is really about coming up with creative ways to celebrate carnival that keep everyone safe until we can get through to the other side of this pandemic."

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Tully Cloud
Community Member
3 months ago

DAMN!!!! LOVE IT!!!! That must also be like HELLA expensive!!!!!!

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#3

Ode To Bernie

Ode To Bernie

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Maya Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

BAAHAHHAHAHA

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Krewe of House Floats started as a small idea involving a few of Megan's friends and family. But as with so many good ideas, it quickly snowballed into a massive effort, spanning neighborhoods across the New Orleans area, the US, and around the world.

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Krewe Of Muses

Krewe Of Muses

The Krewe of Muses is distinguished as the first all-female Mardi Gras krewe to parade at night uptown New Orleans. In Greek mythology, the Muses are the nine daughters of Zeus. No festivity in Olympus was considered complete without their joy-inspiring presence, and on earth no fine art, scientific, or intellectual endeavor was undertaken without humbly seeking their inspiration.

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Liz Karsa
Community Member
3 months ago

Love the Krewe of Muses so much!!

#5

Chef Leah Chase

Chef Leah Chase

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
3 months ago

Now I am hungry

The idea that started to lift New Orleanians' spirits has also become an effort to raise money for causes across the city. Donations made to KoHF will go to those experiencing food and housing insecurity. Artists that would normally work for months on floats were commissioned to decorate houses instead. Some houses are decorated to support specific charities, including the New Orleans Musicians' ClinicMeals for Musicians, and The Algiers Point Lil' Pantry.

Happy Yardi Gras, y'all!

#6

Court Jester

Court Jester

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Talayah Gordon
Community Member
3 months ago

I F he start walking to, ME Ima run

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#7

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind

Good Trouble....Bright Future.

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Diandra “Mss Didi” Blackthorn
Community Member
3 months ago

AWESOME!

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Little Shop Of 2020 Horrors

Little Shop Of 2020 Horrors

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OLIVIA NORMAND
Community Member
3 months ago

AUDREY!!!!

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Person #1,051
Community Member
3 months ago

the mouth! COOL

#10

Wasted Away Again In Coronaville

Wasted Away Again In Coronaville

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Sista of the moon
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3 months ago

Lookin for my lost hand-sanitizer

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Nola Living

Nola Living

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MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
3 months ago

YARDI GRAS LOL

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#13

Nola Hero

Nola Hero

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

Ohhh my favorite!!

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Bees And Blooms

Bees And Blooms

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

BeeeeeUtiful!!

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

Llamazing!!

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Enchanted Lockdown Forest

Enchanted Lockdown Forest

Welcome to Our Enchanted Lockdown Forest. Thank you for all the frontline workers who have kept us safe this past year. WE LOVE YOU. And, thank YOU for visiting our house float! If you're able to, please consider donating to the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic ([email protected]) & the Algiers Point Free Lil' Pantry (Venmo AlgiersPointFreeLilPantry) #OurEnchantedLockdownForest

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

The whole idea, every house so creative. (Floats are too) And a FABULOUS way to turn lemons into a Bourbon HELL YEAH Cocktail!! I've always wanted to live in NOLA loved it since a childhood trip to Mardi Gras in 1968. I'd live there JUST to have my house painted ALL the wild and bright colors.

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Night Tripper

Night Tripper

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Nem
Community Member
3 months ago

AAH! THE DARK MARK!

#18

Flamingo House

Flamingo House

House honoring the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The festival was canceled in 2020, and has been pushed back to October 2021. Organizers are very hopeful that there will be a festival in 2021.

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Acadiana Hay Ride

Acadiana Hay Ride

"There was dancing and live music on Friday (Jan. 15) to unveil the third house float of the Krewe of Red Beans’ effort to put laid-off Mardi Gras artists to work. The theme for the Lower Garden District house float is 'Acadiana Hayride,' and it features portraits of Cajun and zydeco musicians, dancing couples, and of course a horse. The latter seems to block the entrance to the house. 'We just squeeze in around it,' laughed homeowner Michael Burke."

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#20

Ruth Gator Ginsburg

Ruth Gator Ginsburg

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Teopa Sano-Reve
Community Member
3 months ago

the wordplay on some of these are as delicious as jambalaya.

#21

Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow

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M O'Connell
Community Member
3 months ago

Yet ANOTHER highly effective use of pool noodles.

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#22

Mask Up Y'all

Mask Up Y'all

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Person #1,051
Community Member
3 months ago

WOW

#24

Circus

Circus

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#25

Llamarama

Llamarama

The Alpaca-lips is Nigh!

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Demongrrrrl
Community Member
3 months ago

Recommended social distancing of at least 15 feet.

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Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau

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Diandra “Mss Didi” Blackthorn
Community Member
3 months ago

Marie Laveaux!

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#27

Nola

Nola

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#28

Pete Fountain's Half Fast Walking Club

Pete Fountain's Half Fast Walking Club

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s. vitkovitsky
Community Member
3 months ago

It would be nice to know if the other houdes were lit up colorfully st night, ss well.

#30

Popeyes

Popeyes

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Noel Bovae
Community Member
3 months ago

How does Popeyes compare to other fried chicken you can get in the south? I LOVE Popeyes, but I'm from SoCal, so our only other option is KFC, which is meh.

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#31

Soul Train

Soul Train

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

Watched this show Don Cornelius was the bomb!

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OLIVIA NORMAND
Community Member
3 months ago

YASSS Samuel L Jackson Stay the F*** At Home!!!

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#33

Mystic Krewe Of Unicorns

Mystic Krewe Of Unicorns

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Bubbbles And Blossoms

Bubbbles And Blossoms

A few updates to our house float! Balloons didn’t make it outside, so now we have beach balls . Also *everything* fell in the wind the other day, so it’s all attached more securely #kreweofhousefloats

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Candyland

Candyland

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Queen Of The Bouce House

Queen Of The Bouce House

This amazing house float celebrating the Queen Diva Big Freedia can be found in the Audubon/Riverside neighborhood. Follow the creators of this awesome project on Instagram @queenofbouncehouse

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#38

Schitt'$ Streets

Schitt'$ Streets

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earringnut
Community Member
3 months ago

I love this show but the manufactured nastalgia is kinda wrecking it for me.

#39

Krewe Of St. Patrick Park

Krewe Of St. Patrick Park

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After The Storm Comes Sun

After The Storm Comes Sun

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#43

Saint Dolly

Saint Dolly

Dolly is our Savior.

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#44

Sihouette Crowd

Sihouette Crowd

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Dying For A Parade

Dying For A Parade

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Xenon
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine living on the parade route. Plan ahead and sit on the porch and watch it go by. That would be fantastic!

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#46

Uss House Float

Uss House Float

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earringnut
Community Member
3 months ago

It does, doesn't it.

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd ask my friends To come and see An octopus' garden With me

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earringnut
Community Member
3 months ago

Understated. I like it.

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

YAAAAAAAAAAS Gumbo Please!!

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Gabby M
Community Member
3 months ago

BWAAHAHAHA Karen AND the Bad Witch from OZ . Should have added a crap load (< HA see what I did there?) of empty toilet paper rolls.

#61

Zulu

Zulu

“I wanna coconut!”

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Wonder Homie
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Is it copywrite if they add the s

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