NOLA Krewe Severs Ties with Rouses, Returns Charity Money
The fallout continues for one of Louisiana's most famous grocery chains. After a photo was circulated on social media of co-owner Donald Rouse Sr. of Rouses Markets attending the disastrous political rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, a New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe has felt compelled to take action.
Although Rouse stated that he left before the violence occurred at the United States Capitol building, and he was horrified at the outcome, the Krewe of Red Beans has issued a statement regarding their ties to the popular grocery chain. According to Big Easy Magazine, and WDSU, the Krewe of Red Beans "will be returning $20,000 to Rouses Markets. $15,000 for a custom-designed “float house” as part of “Hire A Mardi Gras Artist”, and $5,000 which supported our Lundi Gras celebration. And moving forward we will no longer shop at Rouses" The letter was sent by krewe member Devin DeWulf, and you can read the entire statement here.
WDSU ran a statement issued from Donald Rouse Sr that included "Though I am no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of Rouses, that’s my family’s name on the building and my actions reflect on my family, Rouses and this community I love so dearly. I’m horrified by the violence and destruction we saw yesterday and the pain it has caused so many. Our country desperately needs to come together to heal, and I will do everything I can to be a part of that process."