Revelers dressed in costumes and reaching for beads tossed from drifts will take to the streets when Carnival season reaches its peak, their event tinged with sorrow after 2 paradegoers were struck and eliminated by drifts in the run-up to Fat Tuesday.
Carnival season began Jan. 6 and ends Fat Tuesday after weeks of Mardi Gras parades, balls and joviality. This season’s festivities have actually been marred by the deaths of the two people eliminated at separate parades in current days.
Last Wednesday as thousands of people gathered to view the all-female Krewe of Nyx parade, a lady was eliminated after being struck by a float. Witnesses told news outlets that Geraldine Carmouche, 58, of New Orleans attempted to cross between 2 parts of a tandem float and tripped over a hitch connecting the sections. Tandem drifts are several drifts pulled by one tractor.
Then on Saturday night throughout the Endymion parade– one of the biggest and glitziest parades every year– a man out enjoying on Canal Street was struck and killed by a float, also a tandem. He was recognized as Joseph Sampson, 58, of New Orleans.
Following the deaths, the city revealed a ban on tandem drifts for the rest of the season. Superintendent Shaun Ferguson stated Monday stated he’s not blaming the parade groups or tandem drifts for the deaths. However, he waited his choice to bar the multipart drifts for the last couple of days of the parade season. He said agents from parade krewes, police and city officials will satisfy this week or beside go over security issues surrounding the parades.
Mardi Gras season is generally a time of frivolity and enjoyable as countless people swarm into the streets of New Orleans and other cities and towns in southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Theirs is an annual custom of enjoying parades, partyiing and socializing with friends and family.
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The festivities get an early start on Fat Tuesday.
Households collect to enjoy the Zulu Social Aid & Satisfaction Club parade on the primary route down St. Charles Avenue, followed by the Rex Parade and after that 2 more parades. In the French Quarter, individuals from all strolls of life dress up in fancy outfits and require to the streets to see and be seen.
When the parades are over the action shifts to the French Quarter’s more raucous Bourbon Street.
Every year at midnight cops ride on horseback to ceremonially “clear” the street although partying continues long previous that. Then comes Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent and a time for lots of Christians to quick and reflect ahead of Easter.
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