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.
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.(Source, Image)
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.(Source)
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.(Source)
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.(Source)