Mardi Gras parades roll on, draw crowds despite rain
NEW ROADS - Though it thinned the crowds which normally lined lining the streets of New Roads for the town's annual parades, the chance of bad weather didn't stop Louis Daigle.
Daigle brought a sign which read "50 percent chance of rain." It helped explain why he was also wearing a rain slicker that had been cut in half.
The mayor pushed back the New Roads Community Center Carnival Parade start time by 30 minutes because of the rain, and said they were watching the radar closely to see how it would affect that parade and the annual Lion's Club parade, scheduled to roll at 2 p.m.
Other colorful Mardi Gras costumes were in full display in Mamou, where revelers on horseback covered their purple, green and gold feathers with garbage bags or ponchos on their way to the traditional chicken chase. The tradition stems from an old practice of men riding from town to town collecting the ingredients for gumbo.
In New Orleans, people with umbrellas waited on wet sidewalks for Rex, Zulu and the other massive Mardi Gras parades to make their way down the streets of the Big Easy. Rex hadn't been canceled for rain since the 1930's, and a flood watch across most of south Louisiana didn't stop them this year.
Bad weather did cause organizers of the Beauregard Town Walking Parade to cancel their event. It was scheduled to begin at noon.
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