Krewes prepare for Mardi Gras 2022

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Krewes are getting ready to roll for this Mardi Gras season despite the dark shadow of rising COVID-19 numbers.

With events happening as early as this weekend, krewes say they are putting a lot of time and energy into this year’s festivities. This comes after Mardi Gras events were canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.

“That’s what I look forward to the most, being back on the float and seeing all those smiling faces,” said Dillon Haynes, the King of Highland 27.

While the krewes have the green light this season, it’s not without caution.

“We’re requiring those in attendance of the ball to be vaccinated and masked up,” said Michael Harris, the Krewe of Sobek’s parade chairman.

Bossier City denied hosting routes this season, citing public safety and budgetary concerns.

The festivities will kick off Jan. 6 with the Twelfth Night celebration.

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Destinee Patterson

Destinee Patterson

Destinee Patterson joined KSLA News 12 in July of 2020. She jump-started her journalism career while at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. Destinee anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News in mid-Missouri. Along the way, she also interned at ABC 7 Chicago and contributed to Cheddar News and Columbia Missourian.