Posts tagged Krewe of Bacchus
Picked this up from the Louisiana Record.
The Simpson‘s voice superstar, who participated in the 2012 Bacchus parade, is suing the disc jockey hired to provide music on the float after allegedly sustaining injury to his hearing following the parade ride.
Harry Shearer filed a lawsuit against Rock-It Productions Inc., Global Indemnity Group Inc. and Penn-America Insurance Co. in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on Feb. 13.
Shearer claims that he was unable to move from his assigned position on the Bacchawhoppa float in the Bacchus parade after being strapped in behind a loudspeaker. He claims he was diagnosed with a case of tinnitus due to the defendant’s negligence and refusal to lower the volume or supply ear plugs.
Shearer is best known for his voice work on the popular cartoon series The Simpsons, but also has an extensive background in film and hosts Le Show, a weekly radio show broadcast on NPR affiliate stations throughout the country.
The defendant is accused of failing to provide any type of ear protection to the plaintiff and other float riders, failing to provide an alternative position on the float so as not to be in direct contact with the loud speakers and failing to take corrective action when asked multiple times by plaintiff prior to plaintiff’s injury. An unspecified amount is sought for medical expenses, loss earnings, physical and mental pain and disability.
Shearer is represented by Andrew S. de Klerk of New Orleans-based Frilot LLC. This case has been assigned to Division L Judge Kern A. Reese.
Bacchus is a super krewe of the New Orleans Mardi Gras. They march down St. Charles Avenue the Sunday evening before Fat Tuesday with an extraordinary parade with icon New Orleans Carnival floats such as the Bacchasaurus, Bacchagator, Bacchawhopper, Baccha-Amore and others. They were the original super krewe parade (1968), and they have been emulated heavily by Orpheus, Endymion
Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, a satirical rockumentary about a band called Spinal Tap. Shearer portrayed Derek Smalls, the bassist, and Michael McKean and Christopher Guest played the other two members. The film became a cult hit and the band has since released several albums and played several concerts. Spinal Tap was a rock band that played loud rock music, and many rock musicians have ear problems that plague them for decades.
Big surprise at the Bacchus Brunch this morning, prior to the Big Bacchus parade down St. Charles this evening. This information came to me tonight on the parade route from some out of town Louisiana folks who came down as guests of their relative, a member of Bacchus. It is standard Bacchus policy for the Bacchus Celebrity King to take part in the Bacchus Brunch, to greet and meet the krewe and its guests. Guess who was a no show today? Super Bowl MVP and New Orleans Saints Star Quarterback, Drew Brees! Was Drew ill? Was Drew drawn out of town by some problem or emergency?
Nope, it was the same folks who created that bull crap Who Dat and Fleur de Lis controversy that occurred prior to the Super Bowl, the National Football League’s Licensing Cops. The same NFL that backed down when the ferocity of the Who Dat Nation’s response was felt via a zillion phone calls, emails and faxes to the NFL office responsible.
It seems that Quarterback Brees was signing too many Saints jerseys and jackets, other pricy memorabilia at Bacchus events, and the NFL refused to let him appear at the Brunch, afraid that their newest Super Bowl MVP was cheapening his brand, giving away his John Hancock instead of selling it.
So just one week after the TV’s highest rated event ever, Super Bowl 44, starring the Super Bowl MVP, New Orleans Star Quarterback Drew Brees was slapped down by the NFL. When will the NFL ever learn their lessons?