On Saturday, Feb. 25, one of the most popular parades rolled through Mid-City and Downtown New Orleans. Endymion began at 4:15 p.m..
Emerging in 1967, Endymion quickly became a “Super Krewe” by 1974, along with Orpheus and Bacchus. These parades are defined by their use of spectacular visuals and celebrity grand marshals. It’s the largest parade with over 80 floats, 3,200 riders and a budget of $7 million.
Although a happy time, the parade gained serious undertones after a non-fatal truck accident at the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton left 32 injured. 21 people were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
The driver, Neilson Rizzuto of Ponchatoula, 25, faces 26 charges, including 12 counts of vehicular negligent injury, 12 counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injury, hit-and-run driving with serious injury, and reckless operation of a vehicle.
The theme of 2017 was “The Constellations” and featured celestial symbols and zodiac designs utilizing state-of-the-art fiber optics and lighting. “It’s about the sky at night and everything with the constellations and the stars,” said Endymion Captain Ed Muniz.
The line up included KC and the Sunshine Band, appearing for the fourth time, KISS and Flo-Rida.
“I go with my family every year,” said Tanyell Ellis, a local Mardi Gras lover. “They always throw a lot of cups and beads. I love it.”