BUSINESS: The Independent Eye: Inspirations Indies Head Online to Celebrate Mardi Gras By Staff Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:28 AM NEW YORK—Like most things in 2020 and 2021, Mardi Gras this year is looking a lot different. New Orleans’ annual parade was cancelled, prompting locals to celebrate Yardi Gras instead, but by no means does a parade cancellation mean that the spirit of the holiday is suffering. Mardi Gras remains a day of celebration for many—including independent ECPs in the New Orleans area (and some far away) who took to social media to celebrate in the small ways they could. The team at Eyes on Canal, in New Orleans, began celebrating Mardi Gras a little early with king cakes back in January. Image via eyesoncanal on Instagram. In Midwest City, Oklahoma, the Midwest City Eye Care team celebrated Mardi Gras with a pretty graphic, and an irresistible offer to help patients choose colorful, Mardi Gras-appropriate frames. Image via midwestcityeyecareassociates on Instagram. The Carolina Eye Care On Merrimon team member Sammi found the baby in the king cake, ushering in good luck and prosperity. Image via carolinaeyecare on Instagram. Louisiana Eye & Laser Center, which has multiple locations throughout the state, shared an image reminiscent of Mardi Gras past. Image via louisianaeyeandlaser on Instagram. Of course, New Orleans-based independent eyewear brand Krewe went all out for Mardi Gras, and shared an image of its fun décor on Instagram. Image via krewe on Instagram. Mardi Gras celebrations take place outside the U.S., too. Italian trade show Mido joined the party on Instagram. Image via mido_exhibition on Instagram.