A man was fatally struck by a Mardi Gras parade float in New Orleans Saturday night, marking the second such death in four days during the celebration, according to local reports.
The man was hit by a float rolling in the popular Krewe of Endymion parade on Canal Street, Nola.com reported. The tragedy brought an early end to the parade and has led to changes in float design for the remainder of Mardi Gras reveling, according to the city’s emergency preparedness agency, Nola Ready.
“To be confronted with such tragedy a second time at the height of our Carnival celebrations seems an unimaginable burden to bear,” tweeted New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “The City and the people of New Orleans will come together, we will grieve together, and we will persevere together.”
The tragedy occurred just three days after Geraldine Carmouche, 58, was fatally run over at a different parade Wednesday night as she tried to cross between two floats that were hitched together and pulled by the same tractor, known as a “tandem float.”
Officials have not identified the man killed Saturday or offered details on the collision. Though witnesses told Nola.com that the man was similarly run over after becoming trapped between a tandem float.
“I can’t wrap my head around witnessing this,” tweeted Jonah Gilmore, a local reporter who was at the scene. “Like man, the screams, seeing CPR performed on his body and seeing them finally drape that sheet. I never imagined I would witness something so horrific.”
Nola Ready said the city would be banning tandem floats, a common sight at the parades, for the remainder of Mardi Gras, which runs through Fat Tuesday on Feb. 25.
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