2 riders fall from floats during Mardi Gras parade

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NEW ORLEANS — Two riders fell from floats in separate incidents Sunday during a Mardi Gras parade.

A rider fell from the lower level of float 16B during the Thoth parade, WDSU reported.

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The rider was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Later during the parade, a rider fell from float 33, WDSU reported. The rider was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Two people have died during parades this week.

A man was struck and killed Saturday night when he was caught between two sections of a tandem float. Earlier in the week, Geraldine Carmouche, 58, died in a similar accident involving a tandem float.

In response to the deaths, city officials have banned all tandem floats for the remainder of the Carnival season.

FILE PHOTO: A rider fell off a float Sunday during a Mardi Gras parade.
FILE PHOTO: A rider fell off a float Sunday during a Mardi Gras parade. (STAFF PHOTO BY SOPHIA GERMER/AP)