Endymion eyeing weather reports, hopeful for Saturday ride



Posted on February 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 16 at 7:02 PM

NEW ORLEANS – The superkrewe of Endymion is hoping forecasters are wrong about the high chance of rain on Saturday. Last year they were washed out and moved behind Bacchus on Sunday and that possibility looms over this weekend’s proceedings again.

Inside the Krewe of Endymion den Thursday they were scrambling to load floats and put the finishing touches on the decorations, all the while keeping an eye on the weather.

“We’ve already done our little Voodoo and our little magical spiritual thing and prayed to the good Lord and there’s no rain coming,” said Deanie Bowen hopefully.

But the weather forecast is touch and go and the krewe has already cancelled its annual pre-parade concert, leaving parade veterans and first-timers nervous.

“I’m coming from Brooklyn to see this one for the first time,” said Luis Brun of Brooklyn, New York. “It would be a letdown after preparing for so long and putting money into this. (I’ve got) food and people coming over. It’s going to be a shame if it rains.”

The barricades are still in place and many other preparations have been set along Orleans Avenue, but what Endymion’s eventual parade day and time will be will be determined as officials examine the weather forecast Friday.

“We feel that we’re gonna be alright Saturday night,” said Endymion founder Ed Muniz. “I wouldn’t bet a lot of money on it.”

Muniz said the floats will be moved from the traditional den to the Convention Center Friday to cut down on the preparation time Saturday.

The Extravaganza will go on Saturday night regardless, but the parade could be pushed to Sunday again this y ear.

"It's a great night and we'd like to be 100 percent, and being 100 percent for us, is to be on Saturday night, to be here on Orleans Avenue, down Carrollton and down Canal Street,” said Muniz. “That's what I’m praying for.”