New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said canceling the 2021 Mardi Gras festivities is "something we have to think about."
Cantrell said that one of the factors she needs to consider is when the city reopens and the steps that are taken to make that happen. She said she wants the city's reopening to be slow and steady.
"It will give me great pause right now before I commit to saying we are moving forward with Mardi Gras 2021," Cantrell said in a broadcasted interview with The Washington Post. "We will let the data dictate the dates."
Asked during his daily press briefing about the mayor's comments, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who had not listened to the interview, said that Mardi Gras 2021 is far enough out that "we don't know enough today to hazard a guess as to what the circumstances are going to be at that point and time."
Mardi Gras begins on January 6 and Fat Tuesday in 2021 is February 16.