Vehicle slams into Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores, AL

Cheryl Sanders
March 1, 2017

Members of a high school marching band were injured when they were hit by a auto during the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, according to our sister affiliate WPMI.

Just two days ago, a truck drove into a crowd celebrating at the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

"The vehicle was a part of the parade", says Grant Brown, a spokesperson for the city of Gulf Shores.

The parade has been cancelled and people are leaving.

Covington city leaders are pushing hard to make their community the alternative to the enormity and craziness of Mardi Gras day in New Orleans.

Police say a breath alcohol test determined that Rizzuto's alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit.

Brown said the band was at the head of the parade and the SUV was behind the 100 or so members.

Police confirmed that a 73-year-old male from Fairhope was behind the wheel of the auto when the accident happened, according to

Local media reports say a auto plowed into a high school band and there are as many as eight to 10 injuries.

Longtime Gulf Shores resident and business owner James Schwartz was preparing to watch the parade with his family when the crash happened.

Gulf Shores police chief Edward Delmore.

Swiger said a crisis counselor is at a local high school to comfort students and parents who witnessed the crash.

Portions of the highway and the surrounding area are closed at this time.

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