Aubri Juhasz

Louisiana may dial back some coronavirus restrictions beginning next week in response to the state’s improving health trends, Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a town hall Thursday morning.

New Orleans Public Schools reported its lowest number of active COVID-19 cases since early November, according to data released Monday afternoon.

If you ask a New Orleanian who Mardi Gras is for, they’ll likely paint you some version of a timeless picture: Locals and tourists standing shoulder to shoulder watching a parade roll by, competing for throws and drinking beers from the same cooler.

Mardi Gras 2021 — muzzled by a pandemic and and dampened by unusual freezing weather — looked about as expected.

Among the many groups sitting this Carnival season out are the city’s Mardi Gras Indians.

They’d typically take to the streets wearing brand new costumes, showcasing a year's worth of labor. Now, those suits sit unfinished in living rooms and on kitchen tables.

When Crissy Whalin and her 12-year-old son, Zephyr Cooke, settled in the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers Point in 2020, the last thing they expected was a front-row seat to the city's Mardi Gras comeback.

Their neighborhood has emerged as a house float hotbed in recent weeks. There are more than 140 decorated homes within walking distance and thousands more a short drive away.

"I'm from California, where we would just be complaining," Whalin said. "People in New Orleans know how to take the crap and make something great with it."

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For history teachers, Donald’s Trump presidency meant not only teaching history but living through it — responding to extraordinary events in real time and helping students understand their significance.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a community call to action Tuesday morning, asking all New Orleanians to help students "wake up and learn" in a bid to tackle the city's high rate of absenteeism.

Since classrooms reopened in late September, the district has recorded 559 cases of COVID-19, according to new data released Monday.

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