Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore crush Mardi Gras

From ESPN - February 13, 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara wasnt so sure about the whole Mardi Gras thing.

Hours later, as he walked down the street packed with adoring crowds on either side, talking selfies with whomever ran out to him and throwing beads into the masses, it was clear he had figured it out in his own way.

Its common for celebrity guests to be invited to ride in Endymion, one of the biggest parades of the Carnival season that rolls on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. It was practically a no-brainer to invite Kamara and Marshon Lattimore, who just capped off wildly successful seasons with rookie of the year honors for both.

The two rookies had a float to themselves, complete with a band that quickly struck up Stand Up and Get Crunk as soon as the parade started rolling.

This is crazy, one of them murmured as they saw the crowd of people, thousands of them, lined up along several miles of a route that would conclude at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Celebrity sightings in a parade arent rare, and Drew Brees was even named King of Bacchus in 2010. But most years their interactions with the crowd dont go beyond smiling and waving from the safety of their float. Security is even provided, just in case.

Kamara and Lattimore, both participating in their first Mardi Gras, clearly didnt care about what anyone did in the past. They enticed someone from the crowd to give them burgers and chicken in exchange for some premium beads. Kamara, who had been provided Airheads on the float, threw them off like they were normal throws. They hung their game day jerseys and Pro Bowl jerseys off the float, teasing people with the idea that they might actually throw them.

But what they did as the parade crossed into downtown broke all the normal rules.

Lets get off the float, one of them suggested. And before anyone could really think it over, the group was jumping off and running down the street. While some stretches of the parade have barriers to prevent anyone from crossing, this part did not. Anyone who wanted to run up to them could, and did.


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