What could have been done better in aftermath of parade fatalities?

Krewe of Endymion meets to discuss handling of parade post-tragedy

Chris Miller
March 03, 2020 - 10:15 am

Krewe of Endymion members meet today to discuss how things were handled following the tragedy on their parade route, while the city and various Mardi Gras leaders work on solutions. 

No one wants for anything like a parade attendee being crushed by a float to happen again, but the incidents in this year's Mardi Gras show the need for contingency plans, says Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy.

"If an accident happens, what do we do?" Hardy asked. "I think a lot of attention is going to be placed on that."

Some members of Endymion question why the floats in the canceled portion of the parade could not have been brought here to the Convention Center to join the rest of the parade. And questions of how to transport krewe members, bands, and other parade elements in the event of a mid-parade cancellation have been raised.

"What about bands?" Hardy raised. "If you have planned a parade, what do you do, walk back to the start of the parade? The buses that dropped you off are at the end of the parade."

Hardy said the logistics of dealing with the back half of a partially canceled parade present a lot of challenges.

"There's a lot of safety issues here: how do you move all those groups and where do you move them to?"

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