NEW ORLEANS- With throws,crowds, and makeshift second lines,dozens of Mid-City neighbors showed they weren't going to let wet weather dampen their spirits Saturday.
Wet weather may have postponed Endymion to Sundayand moved its route to uptown, buta growing crowdSaturday lined Orleans Avenue anyway, cheering and throwing beads.
'Where else would you be?' askedJulie Sanders, whorecently moved back toNew Orleans.'People have been lined up here since Wednesday because this is the place to be! You don't need a parade, you've got all these people. It's great!'
The makeshift parade started with just two people standing on the Orleans Avenue neutral ground, and continued to grow. People sporting crowns poked their heads out from sunroofsas they drove past the crowd; even a rogue 'cleaning crew'carryingbrooms walked down the street. Several makeshift second lines also marched down Orleans Avenue. And every minute, the crowd continued to grow.
Jimmy Lopez helped start the celebration.
'It's already set up for a parade,' saidLopez.'I don't see why there shouldn't be one. Somebody had to start it, so the parade's picking up, we're starting to get more throws.'
And so, a growing crowd of parade-goers showed the resilience of a neighborhood that has bounced back from disaster, and wasn't going to let rain ruin their good time.
And they who weren't the only ones. Even without the parade, house parties raged along the route.
'This is New Orleans, rain can't stop a party in New Orleans!' said Jimmy Brown, leader of the band 'Just Us.'
Mid-City neighbors poured their time, money, and soul into planning parties during Endymion's parade, and they weren't going to let that go to waste.
'We were disappointed at first, but what we decided to do is do what New Orleans people do,'said Steve Rando. 'New Orleans people show up, rain or shine.'
Still, the parade's move was a big problem for some of the churches and businesses that line the route.
Grace Episcopal Church normally sells thousands of dollars of food during Endymion. Now, more than 60 pounds of chili sit in the church refrigerator, and dozens of boxes of chips, and cans of sodasit untouched.
'We were all extremely disappointed because a lot of us have spent long hours putting this together and it means a lot to our church,' said Betty Zachary, volunteer at Grace Episcopal Church.
Zachary said the church relies on food sales during Endymion to pay bills for several months.
But just next door, Mandina's Restaurant was still filled with customers.
' It was a letdown of course for the Mid-City area, but as you can see, locals are not going to let anything stop them,' said Joy Arbuckle, a longtime Mandina's waiter .
Meanwhile, those who, when the parade was canceled, created their own, said the true spirit of New Orleans means letting thegood times roll, regardless.
Endymion will roll uptown Sunday night behind Bacchus.