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Rain doesn't dampen Mardi Gras spirit


Mardi Gras kicks off with the parades of Zulu at 8 am Tuesday
Mardi Gras kicks off with the parades of Zulu at 8 am Tuesday

Staff writers

February 12, 2013 — Scattered showers didn't dampen the festivities leading up to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. More rain forecast for Tuesday's parades.

The Weather Network's Chris Murphy enjoys some pancakes for Fat Tuesday
The Weather Network's Chris Murphy enjoys some pancakes for Fat Tuesday

Rain or shine, spirits are high as one million people are expected in the streets of New Orleans for Mardi Gras on Tuesday. 

Despite a rainy forecast, the wet conditions haven't deterred visitors from joining in the festivities leading up to Mardi Gras.

Monday's parades proceeded as planned with brass bands playing on stages set up along the Mississippi River. 

There's a 90 percent chance for more rain in New Orleans on Tuesday with the possibility of some thunder-showers through the afternoon hours as well.

Still, many revelers hit the streets early, claiming a spot along the parade route. 

"You can't let the threat of rain keep you from having a good time," said one visitor from Mississippi. 

Last year, event organizers were forced to postpone several Mardi Gras parades due to rainy weather and severe thunderstorms.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and refers to the practice of eating richer foods before the start of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday as well. 

With files from The Associated Press

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