Hoda Kotb to Host Virtual Mardi Gras Event After 2021 Parades Canceled

Hoda Kotb has found a way to celebrate Mardi Gras amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday's broadcast of theTodayshow, Kotb expressed her excitement about hosting the virtual event titled Mardi Gras for All Y'all. Beginning Friday, Feb. 12, the three-night event will stream on the NOLA.com and theadvocate.com websites, YouTube and Facebook Live, featuring performances, interviews and behind-the-scenes segments of the festivities.

"I'm just pumped up about it," said Kotb, 56. "I mean, Mardi Gras actually happened at the very start of the pandemic [last year], remember? Right around then was when the pandemic started and we didn't want to say goodbye to it."

The news anchor, who has close ties to New Orleans as she worked for the city's WWL-TV news station from 1992 to 1998, continued, "Just watch — we're gonna make everybody happy!"