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Thu Feb 20, 2020, 09:33 AM

New Orleans: Woman run over by float, killed during Krewe of Nyx parade Uptown

https://www.wdsu.com/article/a-person-is-dead-after-being-struck-by-a-float/31008748

A woman was killed when she was rolled over by a float Wednesday evening during the Krewe of Nyx parade Uptown, police said. It happened around 9 p.m. when the Nyx parade made it to the intersection of Magazine and Valence streets. New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said float No. 21 was the one that struck the woman, who was not identified.

Floats behind No. 21 were not allowed to continue rolling on the parade route and were escorted by police to the Morial Convention Center. Non-float elements of the parade -- marching bands and walking groups -- were allowed to detour around the scene and continue on the parade route. The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will determine the official cause of the death and release the victim's name once the autopsy is complete and the family is notified.

Julie Lea, Nyx captain, released a statement saying "On such a joyous night, this is obviously a tragic occurrence. The parade takes a backseat when something like this happens on the route. On behalf of the entire Krewe of Nyx, along with the city of New Orleans, we offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual involved."

The last time someone was rolled over and killed by a float was during the Krewe of Endymion parade in 2008 as it was entering the Superdome. Additional details were not released by police.

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Reply New Orleans: Woman run over by float, killed during Krewe of Nyx parade Uptown (Original post)
fleur-de-lisa Feb 2020 OP
rampartc Feb 2020 #1
drray23 Feb 2020 #2
bluedigger Feb 2020 #3
fleur-de-lisa Feb 2020 #4

Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2020, 09:38 AM

1. it does happen

thoughts and prayers to the family, but I;m not for banning parades.

do you remember the saint Patrick's day parade when 3 irish club marchers were hit by a beer truck on bourbon street?

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2020, 10:03 AM

2. its tragic. but how do you get run over by a float that probably goes at 2 miles per hour?

I wonder how this even happened.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 20, 2020, 10:15 AM

3. It's a safe bet that alcohol was involved.

There can be a lot of pushing and shoving in the crowds, people jump the barricades to cross the street...

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Response to drray23 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 20, 2020, 10:16 AM

4. Witnesses say she approached the float, banging on the sides to get the attention of the riders

so they would throw beads. I don't know if this section of the road had barricades or not, but parade-goers aren't supposed to go into the street.

NOPD hasn't commented on her condition yet, but I bet she was pretty drunk. She probably tripped and fell under the float. Some people get absolutely shit-faced during Mardi Gras.

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