Statement from Mayor Cantrell on Mardi Gras safety after two fatal float accidents


Float in Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday night, a woman was struck and killed by a Mardi Gras float in New Orleans. Just three days later, a second person was killed in the same manner. More than a dozen parades are still scheduled to roll Suday through Tuesday, however, there will be major changes in an effort to make them safer for parade-goers.

On Sunday morning, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued the following statement on Mardi Gras safety:

“In wake of the tragic incidents along parade routes this week, our City’s public safety team is leaning forward with immediate pro-active efforts to keep our residents and our visitors safe this season,” said Mayor Cantrell.

“As announced last night, we will be strictly enforcing a ban on tandem floats — effective immediately. We have worked closely with the krewes and their leadership to make these changes efficiently and quickly, and to find solutions.

In addition, public safety officials will continue to actively enforce setback standards: making sure ladders are 6 feet back from the curb and that spectators are standing well back from the moving procession. In the weeks and months ahead, we will be looking at further changes that need to be made to make our routes and our celebrations more safe — but the work starts right now.”

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