By Kayla Evans
for the Opelika Observer

Mardi Gras is still being celebrated in Auburn, but without the throwing of beads and moon pies. Krewe de Tigris members are having a “Yardi Gras” celebration by putting up displays and lights outside of homes around Auburn.

With 14 houses from the Auburn area participating, the houses will be ready to drive by and view from Feb. 12-16.

This is a time for family and friends to get together and drive to each house to celebrate Mardi Gras. There will be yard signs that say “Yardi Gras” to show which houses are participating.

“Either their front porch will be made into a float or their yards will be all decked out with different things from Mardi Gras,”  said Michelle Held, president of Krewe de Tigris. “Purple, gold and green are the official colors of Mardi Gras. Some will have themes, and some are just a little bit of everything.”

This year’s king and queen of Mardi Gras are participating in Yardi Gras with more of a royal-themed house.

“It’s just a way for us to give back while trying to keep everyone as safe as we can,” Held said.

The original Mardi Gras parade was scheduled for Feb.13, but was canceled after careful consideration.

More information about the event can be found at or on their Facebook page.