Published On: Tue, Sep 30th, 2014

Woman Suing St. Patrick’s Day Cabbage Thrower, But He’s Gone

St. Patrick's Day Cabbage

A woman who claims she suffered serious injuries from a cabbage during the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, is asking the court for more time to find out who threw the cabbage, The Times-Picayune reported.

In a motion for a 90-day extended deadline filed Monday in U.S. District Court, the plaintiffs, Jean and Steven Brown of Preston, Connecticut, said they know who was on the float from which the cabbage was thrown, but they’re still not sure which of the 30 or so floaters was responsible.

“Because the parade does not keep an accounting of the actual float rider positions on the float, the parties are unable at this time to pin point the individual responsible to sufficiently amend the pleadings, ” the motion states.

The lawsuit claims that somebody on the float threw the cabbage “overhand, like a baseball, ” hitting Jean Brown in the face.

A walk in any respectable cabbage baseball stadium.

“The cabbage caused Jean Brown to be knocked off her feet and triggered severe and disabling injuries, ” states the lawsuit. She suffered a broken eye socket, a cornea tear and “multiple fractures to her face.”

Cabbages, onions and carrots are thrown from floats during St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Orleans. It’s what those folks do. Granted, they’re less aggressive during Mardi Gras.

Once they catch the guy, the Browns are asking for $75, 000 in damages.


The defendants in the case right now are Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club, and Lloyds of London, but both say they never touched the cabbage. Instead, they blame the victim.

“The accident sued upon was caused by the sole and/or comparative negligence of plaintiff, ” the defendants responded, asserting that Jean Brown failed to “proceed cautiously under the circumstances, ” and failed to “see what she should have seen.”

Sounds much better in Creole.

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