{One Mom’s Opinion} Dear Fellow Parade Goers, We Have To Talk

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We have to have a talk. A serious one. A big one because some things have to change if we are going to continue having fun during Carnival. 

Look we are all out there to have a good time and catch all the stuff. We all want the beads and the cups and all the awesome throws that the riders are throwing to us. 

New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade

But fellow parade goer, I need you to stop chasing floats. Nothing is worth it. NOTHING. 

You would think after two deaths this week at parades, we as a city would have learned this lesson. We (collective we) have not. 

How do I know?

Because I am returning home from Nyx/Pandora with bruised toes from having them smashed by float chasers. I have had to hold on to the back of my eleven year olds shirt as grown women mowed her over for what is nothing more than a bunch of junk they will throw away next week. 

Is your life really worth it?

Is the life of your fellow parade goer worth it?

What happens when you knock a small child under a float because you just had to have that throw?

What are you teaching the next generation of parade goers? 

We can preach to our kids not to chase floats but when the kids see adults doing it, guess what they do? Yep they chase the floats too. 

So let’s have fun, but let’s also respect each other’s space so we all can have a great time. 

Because nothing coming off those floats is worth your life, my life or the fight that will happen when you step on the wrong persons foot or push the wrong child. NOTHING 

Let’s have a safe and Happy Mardi Gras y’all! OK?

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Cara was born in Florida but raised in New Orleans. After living in New Orleans for over 30 years, the beach called her back home. She now lives in Pensacola, FL in her almost beach house. Cara is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 3 dogs. Cara loves all things Disney, the British Royal Family and photography. When she's not working or driving her dancer to 50000 dance classes a week she can be found at the beach!

1 Comment

  1. You are absolutely right! We were in the same “spot” for two days but as the sun went down and Bacchus took to the streets, hoards of drunk, scantily clad Tulane students came together and literally pushed their way passed us to get to the curb which was only a foot or two in front of us ( where our children were) they made it appear as if they were going to cross the street but just stood there, letting their friends into the space too, they had no regard for anyone and just stood there inappropriately touching each other and not even concerned about the parade- it was disgusting and they were not from NOLA . They seemed to be rebellious rich kids who were away from home for the first time and doing things only because they could get away with it in the street.

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