With Mardi Gras celebrations canceled due to fears of a pandemic “fourth wave,” some New Orleans residents are making their homes look like parade floats. They're calling it "Yardi Gras." The mayor has shut down major streets in the French Quarter, including Bourbon Street. It’s a far cry from last year’s party scene in the early days of the pandemic, which led to an estimated 50,000 COVID-19 cases. Megan Boudreaux, the woman who dreamed up Yardi Gras, received an award from the mayor’s office.