NEW ORLEANS -A man was struck and killed by a float during the Krewe of Endymion parade Saturday night.
It happened near the intersection of North Galvez and Canal Street around 6:50 p.m.
After the accident, the rest of the Endymion Parade was canceled. The parade ended with float number 13.
“To be confronted with such tragedy a second time at the height of our Carnival celebrations seems an unimaginable burden to bear,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement. “The City and the people of New Orleans will come together, we will grieve together, and we will persevere together. Our hearts break for those lost and for their loved ones, and our prayers and deepest sympathies are with them — and will be with them in all the days and months ahead. May our people take this moment to uplift our brothers and our sisters, to mourn as one and to move forward, together.”
Just like the woman who was killed by a float in Wednesday night’s Krewe of Nyx parade, again tonight, the man who died was caught between the two sections of a tandem float.
Tandem floats are in two parts. They are hitched together to carry two separate groups of riders.
The city of New Orleans has decided now to cancel ALL tandem floats in the parades left to roll during Mardi Gras 2020.