2 riders hurt after falling from Mardi Gras floats
NEW ORLEANS (CNN) — It’s been a busy weekend for New Orleans EMS.
Two men on the upper deck of floats riding in the Krewe of Alla parade fell from their floats.
"One person was in stable condition and taken to a local hospital. And the second person was transported from Lee Circle to the trauma center in critical condition," said New Orleans EMS spokesperson Ken Bouvier.
That second man has been upgraded to stable condition.
EMS officials say both of the men suffered head injuries in the falls.
Ken Bouvier, the deputy chief for the city's EMS department, says the men are lucky their injuries weren't worse:
"In the past we have has people die from falling off floats and going into this second weekend of Mardi Gras starting Wednesday, we want to send the message to float riders to protect their eyes, follow their safety rules for riding on floats."
Bouvier says when paramedics got to the float riders, neither one of them were wearing harnesses, which the city requires all float riders to wear.
"We just don't know if they had the harness on like we said, or why they took it off, or if they took it off, we just don't know," Bouvier said.
But he says the fire department, who also enforces the policy, will investigate exactly what happened.
"In this case they were inspected before the parade and they passed. They would not have been allow to parade if they didn't have it," he said.