NEW ORLEANS-- For native New Orleanian Kelly Roberson, enjoying Carnival parades is second nature and so is preparing for any weather that comes with them.
'We're hopeful that the parades will go on as planned,' she said, 'but in case of rain, we do have a little tent and we have tarps down so we don't get too muddy.'
While parade watchers stake out their territories on neutral grounds, Krewes are preparing for the possibility of rain on their parades. First up: Bacchus, which could see wet weather Sunday night.
'Our Krewe and our Board of Directors will be looking at this hourly, to see what we're going to do,' said Clark Brennan, who is on the Bacchus Board of Directors. 'And hopefully, it's going to be late. That's what we're hoping for.'
The Krewe of Argus in Jefferson Parish is contending with two potential days of rain: the first for their Rivertown celebration in Kenner on Lundi Gras and the second for their parade on Mardi Gras.
'The Krewe members will put on some protective gear or something for the ride. I can only really recall one year where rain was really any kind of issue. That was many, many years ago,' said Lawrence Chehardy of the Krewe of Argus. 'It was an issue only because it did rain, but it did not interfere with the fun and it did not interfere with the crowds.'
As for the parades in New Orleans on Mardi Gras, a Zulu spokesman tells Eyewitness News that they plan to roll. The Rex Organization said they would cancel only if severe weather presented a safety issue. Otherwise, the would roll, too-- albeit, a bit wet.
'The floats are not built and the riders are not really prepared for inclement weather,' said King Logan of the Rex Organization. 'We have actually paraded in light rain before. I think back in the mid-90s there was a year when that happened.'
Whether the Krewes roll or not is ultimately up to the city. Public safety teams are in communication with the National Weather Service and the parade captains. A spokesman for the city said they will be talking throughout the day on Saturday, concerning the Sunday parades.