A security guard allegedly got into a brawl with a bride-to-be and two other women at a New Orleans bachelorette party in the city’s French Quarter, which is internationally known for its nightlife.
The French Quarter is perhaps best known to tourists and locals alike as ground zero for the party-hearty Mardi Gras celebration, which this year occurred in early February. See below for more information about Mardi Gras.
In this disturbing incident unrelated to Mardi Gras, the guard at a Bourbon Street saloon allegedly pinned one woman to the bar and punched two others, including the future bride who appears to be wearing her wedding veil during the chaos. All three women are in their early 20s.
Cell phone video (embedded below) captured last Friday night’s fracas.
The partygoers had traveled from Houston to New Orleans to celebrate the impending nuptials of their friend.
“Their bachelorette party was a knockout,” the New York Daily News quipped.
“The incident happened just after midnight in the early morning hours Saturday at the New Orleans Original Daiquiris bar on Bourbon Street,” CBS News reported, and noted that the male guard in question was an employee of New Orleans-based Safeway Security.
Apparently, the situation inside the tavern escalated when one of the women put her head down at the bar, at which point the bartender allegedly cursed her out and told her to move on.
That’s when things got physical rather than festive in the Bourbon Street brawl. “[The woman] said she knocked over a stack of plastic cups and tried to leave, but that’s when the security guard grabbed and pinned her in the corner,” leaving her with bruises on her arms, CBS News New Orleans affiliate WWL reported,.
A second woman who came to the first women’s assistance reportedly wound up being punched repeatedly by the security guard. “I think he hit me about three or four times,” the woman explained about her ordeal. “My jaw is sore. He hit me in the back of my head. I was under the bar stools and he was just hitting on me.”
“He didn’t stop there. The bride-to-be exchanged words with the guard and he then punches her to the ground,” WWL added.
Cops who arrived at the scene issued the security guard a municipal summons for battery, according to 11Alive.
“A Safeway Security representative had no comment when reached by phone and wouldn’t say whether [the guard] was still employed by the company. A representative for David Briggs Enterprises, Inc., the parent company for the New Orleans Original Daiquiris bar chain, also had no comment,” CBS News added.
Separate from and unrelated to the bachelorette party brawl, The Inquisitr previously detailed that Mardi Gras, or Carnival as the locals often call it, is more than just beads, booze, and Bourbon Street. It is also a celebration of parades, costumes, and food. Although Mardi Gras falls on a different day each year (it’s always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday), Carnival season goes from the beginning of January until Fat Tuesday.
According to the GoNOLA website, New Orleans should be at the top of the list as a bachelorette party destination or for other such celebrations, although the victims in last Friday’s incident may not agree. “There are plenty of fun activities that your group of friends can enjoy together in a carefree, celebratory atmosphere.”
[Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP]