NEW ORLEANS, LA. (THECOUNT) — Joseph Sampson has been identified as the man killed by a Mardi Gras float Saturday night during the Endymion parade.

Family members say, Sampson, 58, was as an outgoing person who loved Carnival parades and the New Orleans Saints.


Sampson’s wife told WWL-TV that she and her husband at first were not set to attend the parade. But plans for a party fell through, and they found themselves along the krewe’s route on Canal Street just past North Galvez Street.

Sampson was the second person killed by a parade float in the 2020 Carnival Season. Wednesday, Geraldine Carmouche, also 58, died after being struck by a tandem float during the Krewe of Nyx parade through Uptown.


Geo quick facts: New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties – wikipedia.