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 for someone other than 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 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.
Talk about a buzzkill.
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 drunken a lot of alcohol and sneaked 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 because of the high painted walls on the float, he was crushed under the right front wheels of the flatbed float.
He died instantly and his friend was taken to the hospital due to shock.
4th Grade Girl Crushed at Christmas ParadeAaliyah 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 and at the end of the parade when she had to get off, 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 more than you would expect. The float proceeded to crush Aaliyah under the parade float wheels.
Aaliyah was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital immediately for severe head trauma where 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.
Man Run Over By Mardi Gras FloatOn 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. was 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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