NOPD Chief doesn't regret decision to split up tandem floats

Says city will brainstorm with crews on safety

Chris Miller
February 24, 2020 - 5:45 pm

New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson today said he does not regret the decision to ban tandem floats this Mardi Gras nor does he apologize for it.

"The decision I made going with no tandems, I was well within my right as the chief law enforcement officer of this city in making sure that everyone is safe," Chief Ferguson said during a Monday afternoon news conference.

"I stand firm on that decision," he said. "I think it was the right decision. I know it was the right decision."

Ferguson said once this Mardi Gras ends, discussion will begin with the mayor's Mardi Gras council on how to improve safety after two people were killed when hit by floats this year. Both fatalities involved tandem floats, one in the Krewe of Nyx, the other in the Krewe of Endymion.

Each section of tandem floats were pulled individually during subsequent parades.

The chief said that his order was for this Mardi Gras, and said a variety of ideas are on the table on how to improve parade safety for spectators and riders gong forward.

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