NORFOLK, VA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A recent foul-language incident during the annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival at Town Point Park has led the organizer of the event, Festevents, to add a non-profanity clause to their contracts.
The incident occurred when Raymond "Boots" Riley, a guest performer with the funk band Galactic who used an "embellishment of the F-word" while introducing the band's members. He was subsequently ejected from the event and charged with a misdemeanor by local police.
The candid language was not welcomed by the crowd and local press described a patrons fleeing from the event after the fateful utterance.
"It was a mass exodus," Festevents, Karen Scherberger told the Virginia Pilot "It was not a good scene. It was probably the worst night I've had in 26 years."
In the wake of this unfortunate incident, Festevents has implemented a strict zero-tolerance policy and all contracts will be updated with a no obscenity clause. This change in policy will formalize the practice Festevents claims that they had in which performers were all "screened" and reminded that obscenities were not welcome. While Festevents is a private organization, a majority of their events are held on publicly-owned property and derives much of its funding from the city.
"We simply cannot tolerate that sort of obscene language in the park by people we pay to perform," Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim told the Pilot. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers