Now that January 6, the beginning of Mardi Gras season, has passed attention turns to Mardi Gras. It is a fine point of the actual start of the Mardi Gras season, since the reason for using January 6 is it has traditionally been the Feast of the Epiphany. Currently, the Catholic Church shifts some feasts to Sundays, so it could be argued the season started on January 3 this year. Since people often start early, the official start of the season is not significant.
With Covid there is a problem with parades. People on the floats can distance themselves, but that would mean fewer people could ride a float, and there is no practical way to enforce distancing the crowds who would watch the parades. So, Mardi Gras parades, a significant part of Mardi Gras, have been cancelled. The exception was the Phunny Phorty Phellows, a group who ride streetcars instead of floats. They proclaim the beginning of Mardi Gras and have made their trek this year.