Feb 232020

The pioneering Bacchagator, one of Bacchus’ signature tandem floats, extends 105 feet. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After the second fatality of the 2020 Carnival season involving a tandem float, the city Saturday night barred krewes from pulling more than one chassis with a single tractor for the remainder of the season.

The Krewe of Bacchus — known for its long, elaborate tandem floats — has agreed to break up its floats for tonight’s parade in light of the two tragedies. The Krewe of Thoth had planned to debut a three-section train float in its afternoon parade. It too will be split up. Continue reading »

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Feb 202020

New Orleans police investigate the scene after the coroner’s van arrives at Valence and Magazine streets, where a woman was killed after being struck by a float during the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade. (Dinah Rogers, Uptown Messenger)

A woman was struck and killed by a float as midway into the Nyx parade’s trek down Magazine Street on Wednesday night.

Float 21 struck Geraldine Carmouche, 58, at Magazine and Valance Street at about 9 p.m. She died at the scene. Continue reading »

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