The Top 16 Most Brutal Parade Float Accidents Anything

The Top 16 Most Brutal Parade Float Accidents

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Parades are supposed to be fun, happy events filled with bright colors, good music, and a strand of beads or two. But when merriment and moving vehicles are involved, there’s always a chance that things can go horribly wrong. These parade float accidents prove that even really, really slow moving objects can be deadly. Parade float deaths can be caused by falling under the wheels of the float, getting caught between the float and the car that’s pulling it, or even running into power lines and electrocuting dozens of people at the same time. (That freak accident has happened twice!)

Some parade deaths are harder to prevent- like when a float gets caught on train tracks in front of an oncoming train, or when the driver of a tiny parade “shriner” car loses control and slams into a child.

Add alcohol, and parades get even more dangerous. Mardi Gras is that time of year where drunken people and crazy floats crowd the streets. It's a mosh pit of colors, dance and revelry and, sometimes, a fatal parade accident or two. Then there’s St. Patrick’s Day, where some people like to throw vegetables and unsuspecting attendees. Or Fourth of July, when the crowds add fireworks into the drunken, scary mix. Because fire, alcohol, and reckless driving are what America is all about.

Here are craziest, most brutal parade float accidents that have ever taken place. They’ll probably make you think twice about getting too close to that benign looking float next time.

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    Woman Needs Surgery After Being Hit with St. Patty's Day Cabbage

    It's a tragedy that could only happen on St. Patrick's Day: a Connecticut woman was hit in the face by a flying cabbage while trying to enjoy the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club parade. The careening vegetable knocked her off of her feet and caused, "bleeding, multiple fractures to her face, compression to her facial nerves, a break in her eye socket, a tear in her cornea, surgeries and also likely requiring future surgeries." She sued the city for more than $75,000 in damages.

    Even weirder? Apparently cabbages (and women hit by cabbages) aren't the only thing being tossed around in this annual parade. It's tradition for other foods like carrots, onions, and moonpies to be thrown as well. Throwing overhand, though, is against the rules.

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    Man Run Over in St. Patrick's Parade

    Canada. Nothing ever happens in Canada.

    Except for on March 15, 2010 when a 20-year-old man was run over and killed by a float in the St. Patrick's parade. The man had consumed a lot of alcohol and snuck up onto the Marianopolis College float with a friend during its brief stop. When the float started started up again though, he lost his footing and fell off. Then, because the driver and the people on the float could not see him due to the float's high painted walls, he was crushed under the right front wheels of the flatbed.

    He died instantly and his friend was taken to the hospital due to shock.

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    St. Patrick's Day Parade Car Runs Into Pedestrians

    Not exactly a float accident, but a parade tragedy all the same. Pedestrians at the Savannah, Georgia St. Patty's Day celebration probably wished the convertible that came careening into spectators could float. Sadly, it could not, and the shamrock-covered car smashed into a crowd that included the police marching band at 30mph. The car had been attempting to pass another vehicle in the parade when it lost control. Miraculously (thank you St. Patrick!) no one was killed, but several were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

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    Little Boy Hurt by Tiny St. Patrick's Day Parade Car

    According to police in Missoula, Montana, a five-year-old boy was hurt when a "shriner" vehicle (you know, those tiny little race cars that grown men like to look ridiculous in) went rogue and veered into the crowd during a St. Patrick's Day parade. The little boy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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    16 Killed in Haitian Carnival Horror Story

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    An "electrical shock" killed at least 16 people during Carnival celebration in 2015 in Haiti. The victims had been dancing on a parade float in Port-au-Prince when it hit electrical wires, sending a burst of electricity directly into the gigantic crowd. 78 other people were injured. All other Carnival activities were cancelled and Haiti declared three days of morning.

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    Crowd Electrocuted, 17 Dead

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    Some parades are shocking. The colors, craftsmanship, and message can often be attention-grabbing as well.

    On February 28, 2011, a high-voltage power line fell on top of a dancing pre-Carnival street parade in the town of Bandeira do Sul in rural Brazil.

    Witnesses said the line sparked and fell after either being hit by the metallic streamers so often used in Carnival parades or being hit by fireworks. A total of 16 people died and at least 54 other people were injured. Police said that most of the people in the crowd were hit by the line, but even if they didn't, it was possible that the current passed from person to person since there was so many people there in direct contact with each other.

    All this took place in the town's main plaza, for everyone to see in absolute horror.

    After the accident, there was no electricity and phone service in the entire town for at least six hours and people just wandered around the dark square in disbelief.

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    Pluto Dies in Dreams Can Come True Parade

    Not every day is the happiest day on earth at Disney World. In fact, some days are horrible, horrible nightmares (and not just for the parents paying for all the tickets, food and "necessities.")

    Take, for example, February 12, 2004 when a cast member dressed as Pluto was struck and run over by a float.

    The victim was Javier Cruz, a 38-year-old man who worked as Pluto in the Share a Dream Come True parade at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

    Cruz was run over by a float at the very start of the parade, near the "parade step-off."

    His right foot got caught between two sections of the Princess Float and he fell underneath the vehicle.

    The driver of the float had no knowledge of this since he couldn't see anything behind him from where he was seated, but the woman playing Ariel attempted to save Cruz by pounding on the vehicle.

    However, nothing could have been done because after Disney workers lifted the float off of Javier using a forklift and hydraulic jaws of life, Javier and thus PLUTO was dead in front of plenty of parade goers.

    Any kids who saw this didn't only see a man actually lose his life, but to some people, Pluto actually died that day.

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    Driver Runs Over Brother at Carnival Parade

    It's the age old story of brother against brother and, what do you know, the brother's name here is Kain. Irony at its worst.

    Celebrating his first Carnival parade as a legal drinker, 21-year-old Kain N. Sayer was having a grand time towing a float in Marksville, Louisiana in 2008.

    He made a brief stop in his truck at around 5pm and his younger brother, Clay Michael Sayer was talking to riders on the float. Clay, however, made the mistake of standing between his brother's pickup truck and the float that was behind it. When Kain started the truck again, he didn't notice his brother there (or maybe that much of anything after a few drinks) and proceeded driving, pinning Clay with the float. Clay, who was 16-years-old, died then and there.

    Kain Sayer was charged with vehicular homicide, drunken driving and careless operation.

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    4th Grade Girl Crushed at Christmas Parade

    Aaliyah Carter was only eleven years old when she jumped off a 21-foot lowboy trailer float on December 26, 2008 and was run over. The fourth grader was in the Beaumont Christmas parade. When she tried to get off of her float, she tripped over another girl and fell in front of the trailer. The driver, of course, did not know this happened because floats aren't adequate modes of transportation, but apparently horrifically underrated death traps that have claimed an insane amount of lives. The float proceeded to crush Aaliyah under its wheels.

    Aaliyah was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital immediately for severe head trauma, but she died in the hospital. She was a beloved pupil at Homer Drive Elementary School where she was captain of the drill team, historian of the student council and an honor roll student.

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    7 Year Old Dies in 4th of July Parade Disaster

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    Independence Day festivities took a turn for the worst in 2013 when an Annapolis 4th of July parade killed a 7-year-old boy. The kid had been standing on the platform of a float driven by his grandfather, but when he tried to get off of the moving deathtrap, he was run over by the trailer. This happened as the float prepared to turn onto the parade route.

    Police said that no driver error was involved. Just horrible luck and a dangerous tradition.

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    8 Year Old Falls From Float to His Death

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    All the karate training in the world couldn't save 8-year-old Aiden Hooper on Independence Day, 2013. The boy was riding the Tae Kwon Do float in Edmond Oklahoma's 4th of July parade when he fell off and was run over by the float before it could come to a stop.

    Rescue workers tried to save Hooper at the scene, but he later died of his injuries (multiple blunt force trauma) and his death was ruled an accident.

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    Woman Crushed to Death Under Homecoming Float

    All eyes were NOT on the King and Queen after a homecoming parade led to the death of a 34-year-old woman. Kendra Jo Sefcik was leading a group of first and second grade cheerleaders in Bixby, Oklahoma when a float accident cost her her life.

    Sefcik was standing in the street with her back to the trailer when it attempted to turn. She was immediately knocked below the float, where she was trapped for 1 minute before being freed. The horrifying accident took place in front of the terrified little kids on the float. Sefcik died at the hospital an hour and a half later.

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    Float Dancing Leads to Woman's Death

    Carnival took a nasty turn in Esquina, Argentina when a 22-year-old woman was crushed underneath the wheels of a celebratory float. Maria Ludmila Fernandez was trying to help her friend onto a float of Caru Caru dancers when she fell between the float and the trailer. She died almost immediately. No word if her friend made it onto the float.

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    Multiple Veterans Die When Train Smashed into Parade

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    As if they hadn't been through enough already. A group of war heroes was being celebrated in a Midland, Texas parade when a rogue train crashed into a trailer carrying wounded warriors. Apparently, the float had gotten stuck on the train tracks. When the train came, the veterans scrambled to get off of the float, but some were not quick enough (probably because of their terrible injuries sustained while fighting for our nation!

    Four people died and 17 others were taken to the hospital.

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    Boy Tries to Catch Candy, Gets Run Over

    Everybody knows that what people really want from a parade is candy. Lots of it. That's why in 2010, a boy working a float in the Fourth of July parade was helping to pass out candy to the crowd. How he was doing this, however, cost him his life.

    Since the Molalla Buckeroo Parade has a policy of only handing out candy from buckets rather than throwing them from the floats, the 12-year-old boy was trying to catch candy from the moving float to distribute to the crowd. Which begs the question, "How is that any more safe?"

    Well, apparently, not safe at all. While catching candy, i.e. risking his life for his cavity-prone people, the boy's foot got caught in the first wheel of the trailer float. Then, the rest of his entire body got caught, so to speak. The kid got run over.

    Afterwards, the boy was conscious and alert but suffered from a broken leg. He also complained of pain in his lower abdomen.

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    Man Run Over By Mardi Gras Float

    On February 2, 2008, a top leader in the Mississippi House watched his son be trampled over by the Endymion captain's float in the Mardi Gras parade.

    Joseph P. "Jody" Compretta Jr., a Bay St. Louis businessman, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident happened towards the end of the parade when the riders aboard the float had to jump off as it approached the end of the parade route.

    When Jody Compretta jumped off, however, the float lurched forward suddenly and he was run over by the third section. He was trapped underneath the structure and died before emergency crew could retrieve him. Jody was the owner of a medical supply business called Patient's Choice and was a father and husband to his wife Maria and two children.

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