Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman was struck and killed by a parade float in New Orleans as the city celebrated Mardi Gras.

The woman, who hasn't been identified, appeared to have tried to cross in between a tandem float when she tripped over its hitch and was run over, witnesses told news outlets. A tandem float has two sections that are connected in the middle.

The death happened Wednesday night during the Krewe of Nyx parade. Mardi Gras is Feb. 25, but the Fat Tuesday celebration is preceded by a week or more of parades and parties each year.

“On such a joyous night, this is obviously a tragic occurrence,” Nyx Captain Julie Lea said in a statement. “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 accident involved float 21, New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said at a news conference. The rest of the floats were not allowed to continue on the parade route and were diverted, he said.

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Taylor Dunbar, 4, is given a toy during the Mystic Krewe of Druids parade in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
The Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets of New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
Float riders throw beads during the Mystic Krewe of Druids parade in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
The Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
The Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
Emergency personnel work the scene after a person was run over and killed by a float in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
Float riders give out beads as the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
Satya Reddy, carries his daughter, Sanjukta Reddy, 5, on his shoulders as the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
All hands were in the air as the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
The Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
The Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
The Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade makes its way through the streets during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
Todd Burkes, center, watches as a band performs at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar during the Cowboy Mardi Gras celebration in Bandera, Texas on February 15, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - FEBRUARY 15: Win Butler (L) of Arcade Fire and DJ Michael Brun participate in the Krewe du Kanaval parade on February 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - FEBRUARY 15: Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire participates in the Krewe du Kanaval parade on February 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - FEBRUARY 15: Arcade Fire's Krewe du Kanaval parade takes place on February 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - FEBRUARY 15: Arcade Fire's Krewe du Kanaval parade takes place on February 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
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Ending the parade early was the “proper thing to do,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told reporters near the scene.

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is an all-female Carnival Krewe. It was “established to unite women of diverse backgrounds for fun, friendship, and the merriment of the Mardi Gras season,” according to its website.

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