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Gruesome Bucktown Halloween display angers local residents

By Mark Menard,


Halloween may still be over a month away, but one gory display in honor of spooky season has some New Orleans-area residents filing complaints with Jefferson Parish.

Vic Miorana has decorated his front yard with a gruesome and gory scene that some are calling blasphemous.

Miorana’s front yard-spanning diorama includes Satan holding Jesus’s severed head while his headless body is seen still hanging on the cross as a priest and nun look on. Skeletal parishioners also sit in pews, and there’s a full cemetery on display as well.

Some residents in the Bucktown section of Metairie who live near the display gold WWL-TV that they believe the decorations cross the line into being offensive.
Photo credit WWL-TV

When reached for comment, Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said, “We are not aware of any local ordinances that specifically address this type of situation; however, this neighborhood display is clearly offensive and certainly not in the spirit of a family-friendly Jefferson Parish Halloween,” according to WWL-TV.

Speaking in his own defense, Miorana, who said he worked for months on the display before putting it up, told WWL-TV, “This is not real, and we have no interest in inciting violence. We have no bias against the church. We were both raised Catholic.”

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