Yes, our city had a second line for a cat because… New Orleans

While Zap Cat's antics caused a power outage for more than 7,500 people on a Monday morning, that didn't stop a crowd from coming out to celebrate his life.

by Mary Staes
October 15, 2018

In the heat of the night, hundreds of people gathered to honor Zap Cat, the brave soul who wandered into an Entergy power substation in September and was electrocuted. While his antics caused a power outage for more than 7,500 people on a Monday morning, that didn’t stop a crowd from coming out to celebrate his life.

The satirical parade, which had to be pushed back because of permitting issues, ended up with a larger crowd than expected.

“In New Orleans, even though you’re gone, you’re not forgotten,” said Darryl “Dancing Man 504” Young, who led the second line.

Zap Cat might even have more than nine lives; organizers say they might add him in to the April’s Fools Day parade or other satirical parades like Krewe De Vieux or Krewe D’Etat.

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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