Endymion float strikes, kills pedestrian on Canal St., remainder of parade canceled

Mayor Cantrell announces use of tandem floats to be suspended

Chris Miller
February 22, 2020 - 7:35 pm

An Endymion float struck and killed a person on Canal St. at Galvez this evening, authorities say.

It was the fourteenth float in the parade, passing the area around 6:50 Saturday evening. The remainder of the parade was been canceled. Endymion ended at float number 13.

This incident comes just days after a woman was hit by a float and killed during the Krewe of Nyx parade. A 58-year-old woman got caught between the first and second float of a tandem unit and was crushed Wednesday night.

That death was the first fatality at a Mardi Gras parade since 2008, when an Endymion krewe member was crushed after prematurely exiting his float in the disband area.

This incident also involved a tandem float, and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell this evening announced tandem floats will be banned for the remainder of this Mardi Gras.

"Moving forward throughout the Mardi Gras season 2020, we're also eliminating the use of tandem floats moving forward," said the mayor.

Tandem floats are featured prominently in upcoming parades such as Sunday's Thoth and Bacchus parades, and Lundi Gras' Krewe of Orpheus. Bacchus officials announced they are working with Kern Studios to de-couple their tandem rigs. Orpheus followed with a similar announcement.

Meanwhile, the Krewe of Endymion dispatched buses to pick up the members that were aboard float 14 and the following floats to bring them to the Convention Center for the Endymion Extravaganza, where the party proceeded as scheduled.

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