The woman knocked out cold during a Mardi Gras argument has apologized for her actions.

In a statement obtained by KPEL through her lawyer, Gary McGoffin, Erin May Fitzgerald says she made a mistake.

"I was upset when I saw a float dedicated to harming a person who is not only my stepmother, but also my good friend," Fitzgerald says. "I acted irresponsibly in attempting to pull one of the float banners down."

That float depicted a cardboard cutout of Fitzgerald's step-mother, Independent Weekly publisher Cherry Fisher May, driving the float. A banner displayed a reference to May's DUI arrest back in 2010.

"I want to put this entire episode and the sad and hurtful series of events that preceded it behind me - behind all of us," Fitzgerald says.

Fitzgerald's accused attacker, Lafayette land developer Glenn Stewart, has been charged with second-degree battery.