Toronto Caribbean parade fatality is eerily similar to Montreal’s St. Pat’s Parade tragedy


Kisha H./MyBreakingNews
Kisha H./MyBreakingNews

There was a very sad incident at yesterday’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival when a young man fell from a float and was run over. He was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the hospital. This is eerily similar to another tragedy that occurred at Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2010. Again a young man was killed when he fell under the wheels of a float. In the Montreal case the man had jumped off the float but somehow lost his balance and was crushed.

This is eerily similar to another tragedy that occurred at Montreal’s St. Patrick’s day parade in 2010

Parades are great things whatever the cause, some have even sung of “loving a parade” and others have feared it would rain on theirs. But these two incidents illustrate that safety must always be uppermost in the minds of organizers. I don’t know the details of yesterday’s death in Toronto, but having seen many St. Patrick’s Day parades in Montreal I know the combination of drinking alcohol and then moving about and between the large flatbed trucks used as floats isn’t always a good one.

… the combination of drinking alcohol and then moving about and between the large flatbed trucks used as floats isn’t always a good one

My condolences to all touched by these accidents.

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