If you’re wanting to laissez les bons temps rouler, but aren’t sure exactly how to this year, check out the Alabama Gulf Coast’s answer to celebrating Mardi Gras during the era of COVID-19.
It’s Yardi Gras time.
No, that isn’t a typo. Since Mardi Gras parades are apparently so last year, our neighbors have gotten inventive, decorating their yards and porches with Mardi Gras decorations that can be enjoyed safely from the comfort of your car – or on a walk around the neighborhood.
According to the Mobile Porch Parade, over 400 homes and businesses have joined in on the fun in Mobile, and the trend has spread to the Eastern Shore as well. It’s why, if you’re driving through Midtown, you may see a giant bust of Big Bird, Mario riding his Kart or Dr. Suess characters tipping a hat to you. Some have even gone as far as making donations for each strand of beads that ends up in their front yard, like this. For details on Yardi Gras parade stops and neighborhood routes, check out the links below!
That’s not the only way you can celebrate the Mardi Gras season with a twist, though. It might seem strange, but there’s no shame in buying yourself a king cake to share with the family since sharing with friends may not be an option this year. Or perhaps consider delivering a few – or having a few delivered — to close friends and coworkers instead.
If your young ones are still wanting to actually attend a parade, try making the living room your parade route. Shoe boxes with felt on the bottom can be decorated for Mardi Gras and pulled by string around your home. If you want to go bigger, they can decorate a wagon and take it down the sidewalk on their own special parade route. They can even throw beads to the neighbors along with way, and bonus points if they make their own crowns and colorful costumes before hitting the pavement.
While the festivities may look different, the good times can still roll along the Gulf Coast with a little creativity. Happy Mardi Gras!