Top 16 Most Brutal Parade Float Accidents Anything
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Top 16 Most Brutal Parade Float Accidents

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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    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.


  3. 9

    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

    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.


  5. 11

    8 Year Old Falls From Float to His Death

    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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