Super-krewes respond to "no tandem floats" directive

Chris Miller
February 22, 2020 - 10:29 pm
Orpheus offers early look at floats

In the immediate aftermath of another parade spectator killed in an incident involving a tandem float, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the suspension of tandem floats in Mardi Gras parades for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The Krew of Bacchus announced a short time later it would comply with that directive, and is working with Kern Studios to un-hitch its tandem rigs from one another.

"On behalf of the Krewe of Bacchus we express our sincere condolences to the family of the young man who tragically lost his life this evening.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family," began the statement from Bacchus captain Clark Brennan.

"We have spoken with Kern Studios and we will comply with the City of New Orleans’ request to split our tandem floats.

"The Krewe of Bacchus will roll as usual on Bacchus Sunday at 5:15 pm from Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas."

The Krewe of Orpheus followed with a similare announcement from krewe captain Sonny Borey:

"The Krewe of Orpheus extends its heartfelt sympathy to the families of those whose lives were lost in the recent parade incidents. Orpheus will comply with the recommendations of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Chief of Police Shaun Ferguson. Safety remains our priority, and moving forward we offer our help to ensure the safety of parade goers as well as krewes."

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