One Terrible Night

Mardi Gras beads in the gutter.

New Orleans is in mourning.

The worst possible thing happened last night. A woman was crossing the street in between floats. Or, so she thought. She actually was trying to cross between two connected floats. She tripped or fell. The second float hit her and killed her.

The Krewe of Nix came to a halt. The walking members of the parade — the bands and such — were rerouted down a side street, but it was too narrow for the floats to proceed. The last twenty floats were stopped and the back end of the parade was cancelled.

The mood of the parade changed for celebratory to sober within about 15 minutes.

I am so sorry for the woman who died. I am sorry for the Krewe of Nix members who travelled from far and wide. I am sorry for all of us. I am sorry for our city.

I don’t know what this means for me. I have to let it roll around in my brain. It certainly took all the wind out of my sails. I didn’t even process my images. Normally, I do that when I get home so that I have something to show you the next day.

I really haven’t been feeling this years Mardi Gras. If I decided not to keep working on it, is it an excuse or a reason?



11 responses to “One Terrible Night”

  1. kunstkitchen Avatar

    So sorry to read this.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. beth Avatar

    I am so sorry

    Liked by 1 person

  3. gregorystackpole Avatar

    What an awful contradiction.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Yes. This is not a good time.


  4. Debra Avatar

    How devastating! What a terribly sad occurence. I’m so sorry.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. This parade season just seem to fall into the “badness” of 2020.


  5. athousandbitsofpaper Avatar

    This is one of those everyday tragedies that strike out of the blue and remind us how precious and fragile life is. I would be shaken too. Terribly sad

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      It only got worse. Two days later another person was killed in about the same way. And, then there was a shooting.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. athousandbitsofpaper Avatar

        Sad old world 🌍


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