Don’t Forget The Peaceful Protest That Is Louisiana Mudfest This Weekend

In case you haven’t heard about this, here’s a Facebook video from Michael Parker, the proprietor of Louisiana Mudfest, which is a festival that takes place on a 400-acre campground outside of the central Louisiana town of Colfax…

Parker was told that he can’t open his campground for the festival this year because it’s “unsafe” for the patrons, which is idiotic…

“On August 6, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) received a proposal from Louisiana Mudfest for their planned event. While efforts were made to comply with the COVID-19 mitigation efforts, upon close review of the proposal, it was clear that organizers could not adequately provide for the safety of patrons and therefore representatives from both the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) could not approve the event. The Louisiana Mudfest owners were notified by both phone and email. The SFM and LDH are concerned that if the event is held as proposed, it is not feasible that social distancing can take place. One of the requirements of gatherings, indoors or outdoors, is to provide a crowd manager for every 50 people present. A plan for that was not established in the proposal. Our primary concern is the health and safety of attendees and the community. Just because a gathering is outdoors does not mean it is safe. If a crowd is large, it’s difficult to enforce social distancing and prevent an outbreak of COVID-19. As we have found great cooperation and partnership with this business owner in the past for smaller events, we are hoping to find the same cooperation with and understanding of the decision made for this event that takes into consideration the health and safety of the business’ visitors.”

It’s going to be fun to watch as more and more business owners embrace the role of revolutionaries. We’ve seen it with Firehouse BBQ in Livingston Parish, and now with Louisiana Mudfest. There are all the bar owners suing for the right to reopen and there are the folks staging pro-America protests around the state and daring law enforcement to treat them differently than the leftist “mostly peaceful” protesters nobody had the stones to rein in when they blocked interstates and vandalized historical landmarks.

Should the Fire Marshall attempt to shut down Louisiana Mudfest this weekend, the optics are going to be pretty terrible. Let’s see what happens.



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