Weather causes New Orleans parades to shift schedule
NEW ORLEANS - Predictions of nasty weather Monday and on Mardi Gras have prompted Houma authorities to move three parades scheduled those days up to Sunday, so four were rolling.
That's the number already scheduled Sunday in New Orleans, with two more Monday night and four on Mardi Gras.
New Orleans announced Sunday that Monday's parades will roll 75 minutes earlier than originally planned to try to avoid the rain. The first steps off at 4 p.m. instead of 5:15 p.m.
National Weather Service meteorologist Phil Grigsby says there's a 90 percent of rain late Monday afternoon and into the evening, with daytime temperatures in the lower 70s across southeast Louisiana.
He says Fat Tuesday is expected to be generally dry but cloudy, windy and cold, with highs in the 40s.