NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Bacchus announced the krewe would try to make parading a little more normal in an unnormal carnival year affected by COVID-19.
They plan to launch the THROW ME SOMETHING BACCHUS! App. The app will allow users to catch beads from their couches instead of the parade route on iPhone or Android devices. Then, people can create an avatar and trade with friends.
The app will also have pre-recorded parade bands, and past celebrity kings will make appearances on the app.
Bacchus will allow users to pick up prizes curbside at the den, some of them are a lot bigger than what parade-goers are used to catching. This was already in the works, according to Bacchus.
A board member started developing the app in order to throw bigger prizes during in-person parades, but they found a new use for it.
“It’s endless what you can do on the internet. We’re putting that together to make sure we’re putting on a great show for Bacchus number one and for our great city. You can be sitting in Des Moines Iowa, and if you have the app you’ll be able to watch Bacchus 6 p.m. on February 14th,” Krewe of Bacchus captain Clark Brennan said during a press conference.
The app is available to download on Twelfth Night, but you can make catches every Sunday leading up to the Sunday when the krewe was scheduled to roll.
Last week, the City of New Orleans said that no parades would be allowed to roll in 2021.
According to the city’s Mardi Gras 2021 website, “Parades of any kind will not be permitted because large gatherings have proven to be super spreader events of the COVID-19 virus.”
At a news conference Nov. 17, city spokesman Beau Tidwell said, “parades as we’ve traditionally celebrated are not possible under the current guidelines. It’s going to feel different. It has to be different. We can’t act like this is a normal year. I don’t think this should be a surprise to anyone.”