The New Orleans Pelicans were thrashed by the Houston Rockets 129-99 on Thursday night. Now they're about to be flogged by Krewe D'Etat.
Carnival's most infamous satirical krewe skewers New Orleans' struggling NBA team in this year's parade, which rolls Friday at 6:30 p.m. along the traditional Uptown route.
"The Pelican'ts" float is classic Krewe D'Etat satire. Sharp. Topical. And unsparing.
One image on the hand-painted float is of star big man Anthony Davis accompanied by the bubble comment: "I should've been a Baby Cake."
Another is of mascot Pierre the Pelican: "We thought the oil spill was bad."
A large Pelican bird with a Davis head and bandaged wing sits on top of a basketball labeled "Dell Dense G.M" at the front of the float, a reference to embattled Pelicans general manager Dell Demps.
"We don't discriminate," said a Krewe D'Etat captain, whose identity can not be revealed according to krewe bylaws. "If somebody does something that deserves to be made fun of, we do it."
When the Pelicans shocked the basketball world with a trade for DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins on Sunday, some krewe members had second thoughts about Float No. 5.
The landmark trade for Cousins hadn't just changed the Pelicans' starting lineup, it changed the perception of the organization, both locally and nationally.
But at this late juncture there's little the krewe can do to acknowledge the big news of the Pelicans' new big man. And after the Pelicans' ugly home loss to the Rockets in Cousins' debut on Thursday night, the krewe probably doesn't have to worry about any backlash from local fans.
"That's the way it goes," the captain said. "If we had time we would probably change it up some, but unfortunately it's too late. It takes too long.
Krewe D'Etat traditionally lampoons political issues but has waded into sports from time to time. They had a Benson Family Feud float in 2015 and lacerated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in Bounty-gate in 2013.
The captain said several of the krewe's 460 members are Pelicans season ticket-holders. At least one Pelicans executive is also in the krewe.
"It's not like we don't like the Pelicans," he said. "Satire has always been part of New Orleans history. That's just how we roll."