Hindus are urging City of New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, City Council and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin not to grant permits to parades related to Mardi Gras in 2017 and beyond, which showcase Hindu gods and goddesses.
A permit is reportedly required to stage a parade in the City of New Orleans as per City Ordinance.
Hindus are upset over reported parading of Hindu deities at a Lundi Gras parade associated with Mardi Gras celebrations on February eight evening in uptown New Orleans, calling it highly inappropriate.
According to reports, Krewe of Proteus presented the “The Hindu Heavens” themed parade which featured various Hindu deities; including Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Lakshmi, Ganesha, Saraswati, Hanuman and Kali.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism; and Dr. Chandrashekar Venkat Subramaniam, President of Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Hindu Temple in Kenner (Louisiana); in a joint statement, said that Hindu deities were highly revered in Hinduism and were meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be trivialized in carnival type parades. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for entertainment and other agendas was not okay as it hurt the devotees.
A press release from Proteus representatives stats that, "the 2016 Proteus parade pays beautiful homage to many wonderful Hindu traditions, customs, culture, deities and faith. In fact, this parade theme, design and decorations are inspired by earlier Carnival parades from years ago depicting the same subject. Proteus is very proud of its parade and the traditions it represents."
Editors note: Added press release statement from Proteus.