How Many Times Has Mardi Gras Been Canceled in New Orleans?
Mardi Gras is a big deal in South Louisiana, especially in New Orleans.
Since Mardi Gras is right around the corner I started to wonder how many times the festivities surrounding Mardi Gras have been canceled in New Orleans.
I was actually surprised to learn that Mardi Gras has only been canceled 14 times out of its 163-year history. And each time the festivities were shut down it was for a good reason, like war or disease.
Here are the times Mardi Gras was canceled in New Orleans:
1862-1865- Cancelled due to the Civil War
1875- Cancelled due to Reconstruction
1879- Only Rex rolled on Mardi Gras this year due to Yellow Fever
1918- Cancelled due to WWI
1919- Cancelled due to the Spanish Flu
1942-1945- Cancelled due to WWII
1951- Cancelled due to the Korean War
1979- Cancelled due to the conflict between the New Orleans Police Department and Mayor Ernest Morial. It was a tale as old as time, the police wanted a salary increase and the mayor refused to give in. So the police department decided to strike right before Mardi Gras Day which caused the celebration to come to a stop.
2020- Cancelled due to the Covid pandemic
Let’s be honest, while Mardi Gras was technically canceled during these years people took it upon themselves to have their own celebrations.
The world and life, in general, can try to steal our joy and celebrations but the people of New Orleans have never let them win. They have always found a way to find joy and celebrate the season in any way they can.