Medical Society of Mobile Urges Cancellation of Mardi Gras & Other Parades

The Medical Society of Mobile County has sent a letter to the Unified Command and the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency concerning parades during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

They are asking that members of the Unified Command -- consisting of the Mobile County Health Department, Mobile County Commission, and the City of Mobile – encourage towns and municipalities to not issue parade permits at this time.

The letter acknowledges that Mardi Gras parades are "intimately woven into the very fabric of our community," but says that due to the current pandemic, the Medical Society is asking for their cancellation.

The medical professionals say current guidelines call for 6 foot distancing at all non-work events and that "the event that poses the most staggering and considerable risk are parades, where thousands of citizens attend, crowded together, and remain for several hours along various parade routes."

Several Christmas parades have been cancelled (including Fairhope and Daphne) and many Mardi Gras organizations have already announced that they will not be holding balls or parades this Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras Parade - Krewe members.

Mardi Gras Parade - Krewe members.

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