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NOLA mayor: Who knew Mardi Gras should have been canceled?

Added 03-28-20 01:35:02pm EST - “No guidance from the federal government?” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “NOLA mayor: Who knew Mardi Gras should have been canceled?”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Louisiana is developing into a hot spot for the coronavirus pandemic, in particular, the city of New Orleans. As the Crescent City’s numbers grow and panic sets in, Mayor LaToya Cantrell finds herself under fire. Friday she was pushing back on accusations that she should have acted to cancel Mardi Gras.

John wrote about the mayor’s response to criticism and pointed out that at the time Mardi Gras kicked off, most cancellations of big events across the country had not begun. We didn’t know what we didn’t know, and that includes elected officials in charge of cities across America.

I’m not going to beat up on Mayor Cantrell. It may surprise you but I think she did the best she could, given the information out there at the time. This year Mardi Gras was celebrated from Monday, January 6, through Tuesday, February 25. Remember it is a long celebration period, not just Fat Tuesday parades televised showing a sea of revelers clogging the French Quarter. It’s easy to now look back and realize inviting over a million guests to the party that day was a really bad idea.

Did Mardi Gras day – February 25 – land on the cusp of concern for the country in general? Yes. By February 25 articles were being written that the coronavirus may spread across the country and the precaution of social distancing was beginning to take hold. On that day, reported in the New York Times, medical experts were beginning to recommend the possibility of canceling conferences and events. Events may have to be canceled.

“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more of a question of exactly when this will happen,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a news briefing.


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