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Here's the official map of Mardi Gras house floats in New Orleans and across the U.S.

Maria Clark
The American South

Looking for a house float near you?

While New Orleanians' have embraced the idea of decorating their homes as elaborate 'floats' in response to canceled Mardi Gras parades, the tradition has also been adopted outside the Crescent City. 

Now the official Krewe of Houses has released a comprehensive map that shows the locations of dozens of decorated house floats across the United States. While the greatest concentration of homes is located in southeast Louisiana, several New Orleans' expatriates have signed up to decorate their homes as far away as Bellingham, WA, according to the map. 

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Mardi Gras parades and many of the festivities scattered throughout the weeks leading up to the big day were canceled due to the spread of COVID-19 in the region. The cancelation did not come as a surprise to many in the city. New Orleans became the largest hotspot for the virus two weeks after Mardi Gras day in 2020.

The cancelation of one of the most important holidays in the region did little to tamp out the creativity and sense of community that thrives in New Orleans during difficult times.

Life-size dinosaurs have taken over lawns. Dolly Parton cutouts decorate storefronts and windows. Homemade decorations teeter on porches and front lawns. Artists are working overtime to finish decorations before Mardi Gras day, which falls on Feb. 16

And now, depending on where you live, you won't have to travel far from home to see one of these creations. 

Check out the map here to see the locations of house floats across the country. 

A circus-themed display, one of the many elaborate presentations among the stately homes on St. Charles Avenue in Uptown as New Orleanians create “house floats” to celebrate the Carnival season after the pandemic cancelled the traditional parades. (Photo by Michael DeMocker)

Maria Clark is a general assignment reporter with The American South. Story ideas, tips, questions? Email her at mclark@gannett.com or follow her on Twitter @MariaPClark1. Sign up for The American South newsletter. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.