I’m with the author on this. I consider myself way ahead of the curve (I like to panic early and get it over with) but I never thought Mardi Gras would be a problem at the time. I do remember St Patrick’s Day parade gatherings (the parades were cancelled) looking like a bad idea, but that was individuals. But hey, we still have people in my neighborhood who clearly don’t understand Social Distancing, even today.
New Orleans’ Vibe Mid-Coronavirus, Post Mardi Gras