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Woman Needs Surgery After Being Hit with St. Patty's Day CabbageIt'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.
Man Run Over in St. Patrick's ParadeCanada. 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.
St. Patrick's Day Parade Car Runs Into PedestriansNot 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.
Little Boy Hurt by Tiny St. Patrick's Day Parade CarAccording 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.
16 Killed in Haitian Carnival Horror StoryAn "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.
Crowd Electrocuted, 17 DeadSome 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.
Pluto Dies in Dreams Can Come True ParadeNot 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.
Driver Runs Over Brother at Carnival ParadeIt'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.