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The Krewe of Poseidon Has Rescinded Its Invitation To Saints Vaccaro and Okafor As Grand Marshals After NFL Protest

September 27, 2017

According to WGNO: Here’s the Krewe of Poseidon’s full statement:

“Our Krewe was forced to make a tough decision based on an issue which is dividing our community. As a non-profit organization we will not engage in political or controversial issues. Our parade provides an opportunity to unite people from various diverse economic, social, and cultural backgrounds. It’s likely one of the most evidenced displays of ‘community’ in our city and we certainly don’t want to jeopardize this or alienate any spectators by agreeing or disagreeing with anyone’s viewpoint or perspective.

Although we fully respect everyone’s opinion and believe in an individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression, our role as a carnival organization is solely to provide entertainment to our spectators. We believe there is more that unites than separates us and Mardi Gras has and should remain a time when everyone can forget about all issues and enjoy a day of revelry.

It’s an unfortunate decision but one we believed was in the best interest of all.

Regarding replacements…we must now determine a path forward. We are committed to being unbiased and impartial therefore hope to identify someone who will be welcomed by all.”