NEW ORLEANS -- The Krewe of Endymion rolled out on its traditional Orleans Avenue area route around 5:30 p.m. without its prime band and a lot of its fans at first.
The weather-plagued superkrewe faced a tough decision for the second year in a row and weather had it push the start time of their mega-event back more than an hour and lop off part of its route, but the rains began falling again just as riders prepared to take off.
The St. Aug marching 100 pulled out of the parade along with several other marching bands, leaving the back of the parade float-heavy.
The crowds were small along the route at the start, but they grew as the rains lightened and then stopped and by the midpoint of the parade, the crowds were healthy, though nowhere near the 30-deep crowds the krewe usually draws.
Endymion faced a tough choice as reports since the end of the work week indicated that very heavy and perhaps severe rains were forecast for Saturday. The krewe, the only one that parades along a Mid-City route, wanted badly to roll along its traditional route and on its traditional day as a rainout would have forced it to play second fiddle to Bacchus Sunday night and to eschew its traditional route for the Uptown one used by most New Orleans krewes.
Some hearty fans, who build much of their Carnival season around the parade in their neighborhood, withstood the rains and got soaked. Some made the best of the situation, making a makeshift 'slip and slide'.