It’s Mardi Gras season in Louisiana in a year like none other. The coronavirus pandemic brought an abrupt halt to annual balls and parades, and “donning a mask” has taken on a whole new meaning. But that hasn’t stopped revelers from finding safe and innovative ways to celebrate.

On this week’s show, we learn about a new tradition perfect for Carnival in quarantine – house floats. Devin De Wulf tells us about the Krewe of Red Beans’ latest initiative, which hires laid-off Carnival artists to transform homes and businesses into works of art.

One of those businesses is Commander’s Palace. Co-Proprietor Ti Martin shares how they’re spreading Mardi Gras cheer both inside and outside as they celebrate the late, great Pete Fountain and his Half-Fast Walking Club.

Next, we speak with author and songwriter Johnette Downing, who’s also known as “the pied piper of Louisiana music traditions.” Johnette shares her latest album, Swamp Romp, which, among other things, seeks to answer the eternal question, Who put the baby in the king cake?

Finally, writer Sally Asher and illustrator Melissa Vandiver introduce us to The Mermaids of New Orleans, who choose one day of the year to mingle with those of us who live above water – Mardi Gras Day, of course! Coronavirus won’t keep them from coming ashore!

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