OVERVIEW this week
Entertainment industry leaders are continuing to make decisions in the public's best interest to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, while hoping to celebrate the holiday season in a safe manner.
Top 3 News Highlights this week
- While many events have been put on hold this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Car Crafters is finding new ways to continue keeping the holiday spirit alive. In New Mexico, the Lights of Enchantment holiday light show will take place as a drive-thru event about one mile long. Additionally, the event organizer has partnered with local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, and Blue Star Mothers of America, all of which will receive a portion of the proceeds.
- Due to COVID guidelines, Mardi Gras parades will most likely not happen in 2021 but in a different format. The group tasked to develop proposals for a safe Mardi Gras celebration never presented because of the early cancellation of 2021 Mardi Gras parades. Mardi Gras 2020 was largely seen as a super spreader event that caused New Orleans to be at the center of COVID early on and the city wants to avoid a repeat. Thus, parades of any kind were prohibited this year. Large gatherings are more likely to be COVID-19 superspreader events.
- The Day of the Dead looks much different this year due to COVID-19. Many alters, too many, are victims from Covid-19, thus making it one of the saddest Day of the Deads in memory in Los Angeles. More than 3,400 Latinos in LA County, many of which are essential workers or their family members, have been lost to the virus. This is by far the largest portion of the more than 7,000 COVID-19 deaths in the County as of October. Because of the pandemic, the seasonal fairs, festivals, and public walking displays for the Day of the Dead have been paired back significantly or held entirely virtual to keep people safe.