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Mardi Gras Spectators Angered Over Blackface Figurines Thrown During Parade

"The more I thought about it, the more upset I became about it," one reveler said.

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New Orleans resident Carmen Cousin said her 4-year old son received a blackface figurine at the Krewe of Endymion Parade during Madi Gras, according to CBS News. 

A small bubble wrapped package was thrown from the float and when Cousin opened it up she couldn't believe her eyes. 

"Inside of the bubble wrap were two porcelain blackface figures," Cousin told CBS. "I was just totally perplexed, I didn't know what to think."

Other parade goers, like Gregory Hawkins, also received the figurines. 

"I was searching my mind for like, an explanation," Hawkins said. "I thought maybe they were salt shakers or something like that. Or that this was some sort of historic thing for the Endymion crew specifically. But the more I thought about it, the more upset I became about it."

Others who received the figurines took to Facebook to voice their outrage and to call out Krewe of Endymion for their racially insensitive parade gift. 




Krewe of Endymion started in 1967 and draws thousands from Mid-City neighborhoods to help kick off its festivities. The group's motto is "Throw 'til it Hurts," and it seems like they took that phrase literally this time. 

Amanda Mendoza, who also received the blackface figurines, reached out the Krewe of Endymion directly on Facebook. 

"They responded once or twice this morning, but they've kind of been dormant after I gave them like, exact details," Mendoza told CBS. 

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