Mardi Gras Krewe Could Lose 2022 Parade Permit After Holding Carnival Ball Out Of State
The City of New Orleans is not happy with the Mystic Krewe of Nyx.
During a news conference yesterday (Jan. 26), New Orleans City Hall spokesman Beau Tidwell was not happy that the Mystic Krewe of Nyx held their annual Mardi Gras Carnival Ball in a Biloxi casino. According to a report from NOLA.com, Tidwell feels that the ball was held "without regard for coronavirus suppressing protocols" after seeing photos of the "Nyx Myx Masquerade Ball" on social media.
The photos showed many ballgoers unmasked and Tidwell stressed that traveling outside of the city was "no defense for the virus" as he suggested that Nyx members who attended to quarantine and be tested upon their return to New Orleans after describing the ball as a potential "super spreader" event.
Tidwell even suggested that their actions could potentially cost them their parade permit for Mardi Gras in 2022.
What Nyx did over the weekend did a disservice to public health. It’s certainly something we’re going to look at when it comes to looking for permits next year. Everyone involved should know better. Everyone in this room and in the city should know better. And we do know better.
Nyx fired back at Tidwell's comments via a written statement from spokesman J. Douglas Sunseri who defended the Biloxi ball.
The gathering this past weekend in Biloxi was in total compliance with all social distancing guidelines and CDC requirements at the Imperial Palace in Biloxi. If this gathering was conducted in Louisiana and-or Orleans Parish, it would have fully and completely complied with any social distancing and-or CDC guidelines.
Sunseri went on to say there were "42 people in attendance" in total and "only two of those were residents of New Orleans." See the entire statement posted on the official Mystic Krewe of Nyx.
NOLA.com points out that this is the latest incident a series of controversial happenings for the Mystic Krewe of Nyx and its founder Julie Lea. Lea came under fire after last summer in the wake of an #ALLLIVESMATTER post that caused a rift that eventually led to a "mass exodus" of most officers in the 3,500 member all-female krewe that was founded in 2012.
You can see the full story here at NOLA.com