Greetings from New Orleans!


Photo of Tyree MitchellTyree Mitchell,
Local Arrangements Coordinator

A common saying in New Orleans is, “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” which means let the good times roll! New Orleans is a special place known for its unique culture, including amazing food, music, sites, and attractions. Although it turns out we will not have the opportunity to gather in New Orleans this year after all, we are keeping the local flavor alive in our virtual celebration, so check out these tips on how to bring New Orleans to you regardless of where you are located. We want everyone to be a part of the fun.

Let’s have a good time together virtually at the 2021 SIOP Annual Conference, and we hope you'll be able to make a trip to the Big Easy when the pandemic situation improves and travel becomes more commonplace.

How do I bring New Orleans to me during the virtual 2021 SIOP Annual Conference?

  • Download our Mardi Gras masks or accessories and wear them to a session, or post a selfie on social media using hashtag #SIOP21
    • You will need a color printer, cardstock (to get the best experience), scissors, tape, and a wooden skewer or dowel rod to assemble your props. Click on an image below to download.

  • Play or listen to some jazz music as you are waiting for a session to start
  • Wear purple, green, or gold to represent the colors associated with Mardi Gras
  • Wear some colorful beads during a session
  • Grab a relaxing beverage or add some New Orleans cuisine to your home cooking for the week
  • Mail order NOLA-made food products
  • Take a virtual tour - The National WWII Museum, Preservation Hall, Cafe Du Monde, and more are available free at

New Orleans won't let Covid-19 disrupt the Mardi Gras spirit!

For a peek into what locals are doing for Mardi Gras this year, look up a Facebook page called Krewe of House Floats. People are decorating their homes and encouraging locals to take a driving tour instead of the traditional Mardi Gras parades!

SIOP sends our best to our members and all in the New Orleans community.