LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - Since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic, many celebrations and parades were canceled. as mardi gras approaches, some question whether it will still take place here in Acadiana.
2021 marked the first time mardi gras had been canceled in 32 years. This affected real estate, restaurants and most of all businesses that sell mardi gras throws like this one... Bead Busters and float rentals.
the bead king is known for floats, beads, stuffed animals and so much more "We have all the throws everything you can think of"
But the idea of covid possibly shutting down mardi gras once again is not something they want to think of.
"I like to not even think about that it'll be two years down currently as of today I'm in constant contact with Josh Guillory office southwest mardi gras association everyone is currently onboard there's no changes Mardi Gras in Acadiana is off."
Louisiana reported that the omicron variant of covid 19 is now the dominant variant and Dr. Tina Stefanski says the vaccines do protect against this variant but there's still more research that needs to be conducted.
"The vaccine at this point does look like it should be very protective in helping to prevent hospitalizations and deaths so all that's encouraging but we don't know and won't know for a couple of weeks so again encouraging but we don't have the full information that we need and we won't for a couple of weeks".
Orders for beads are placed nearly a year in advance so mardi gras being canceled at the last minute would be devastating. Craig Spadoni says business has been good and there looking forward to the upcoming mardi gras season.
"The thing I'm looking forward most this upcoming mardi gras season is just seeing the smiles on peoples faces the families out there enjoying one another just getting back to normal were social creatures and it just really nice to see everybody enjoying one another at the mardi gras parades having a good time".