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.
Boy Tries to Catch Candy, Gets Run OverEverybody 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.
He better have kept all the candy that day.
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