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EMS responds to 23 emergency calls at Spanish Town, 9 taken to ER

EMS responds to one of many calls during Saturday's Krewe of Spanish Town parade. (Source: WAFB) EMS responds to one of many calls during Saturday's Krewe of Spanish Town parade. (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Saturday's 'Pink Party' is no happy memory for nine people who Baton Rouge EMS say were taken to the emergency room.

That includes two people who were hit by floats, one woman possibly breaking her leg.

"Usually, by the time we get there the scene is somewhat chaotic. It was definitely that way yesterday," said Mike Chustz, Public Information Officer for East Baton Rouge EMS.

Between 12 and 14 paramedics were on-scene downtown Saturday responding to a total of 23 calls.

Fortunately, none of them were life-threatening.

"When you have a crowd that size, which they say was approximately 100,000 people, it's sort of covering a city within a city and you see everything," said Chustz.

City crews began cleaning up the party at 6 a.m. Sunday.

"Trashiest day in Baton Rouge right after Mardi Gras, after parades downtown," said Demarcus Stewart as he picked up trash on Fourth St.

9News found perhaps most of the trash concentrated on Lafayette St.

"We've probably made about 13 loads with the dump trucks thus far and we still are probably just halfway through," said Kyle Huffstickler, Landscape Supt., Dept. of Maintenance. "Do the math. It's quite a bit of trash."

With thousands more now expected in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, EMS is offering tips to keep you safe and away from the ER.

"From getting out there at 9 o'clock in the morning until four or five o'clock, that's a long time to be out there. Many people don't even eat lunch when they're out there. You've got to eat. You've got to drink water. Even though it's not hot, you've still got to hydrate. Your body can dehydrate quickly especially when alcohol is involved," said Chustz.

EMS says the number of emergency calls this year was about the same as last year, but more people were taken to the ER this year than the 2015 parade.

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