Parade group bars guest for Confederate monument throws

Posted at 5:20 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 18:22:57-05

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A New Orleans parade group says it has put a lifetime ban on a guest who threw yellow penalty flags protesting removal of Confederate monuments.

The woman, Mimi Owens, told Times-Picayune that she also threw beads with a pendant bearing Robert E. Lee’s image and the words “Forever Lee Circle.” She rode Saturday with the Krewe of Freret (fruh-RET).

Freret captain Bobby Hjortsberg tells the newspaper the group investigated after hearing reports of the penalty flags. He says the group won’t tolerate use of its parades for a political agenda, especially one against Freret’s gender and racially inclusive nature.

New Orleans parade riders throw beads, big aluminum “doubloons,” stuffed animals and other items to the crowds.

A city ordinance bars throws with commercial, political or religious messages.