Mard Gras parade-goers in New Orleans were shocked when someone handed them a package containing blackface figurines.
Gregory Hawkins recounted the moment he was given the package, saying, “As soon as he opened it, everybody just kind of got quiet.” He added, “I was searching my mind for like, an explanation,” said Gregory Hawkins, who also got the package, reports WWL-TV. “I thought maybe they were salt shakers or something like that. Or that this was some sort of historic thing for the Endymion crew specifically. But the more I thought about it, the more upset I became about it.”
Other people posted images of the same figurines they received at the parade, which quickly spread online.