NEW ORLEANS -- The throws are ready, the floats are packed and the Krewe of Endymion is ready to roll. There's just one thought that's looming over everyone's head.

"No rain, please," one float rider begged. "No rain on Saturday."

WWL-TV meteorologist Dave Nussbaum says it's not looking good.

"Plenty of rain develops, you hate to see that for those parades Saturday," he said in his forecast Thursday morning.

But the Krewe says they won't let that dampen their spirits.

"Oh yeah, we're fired up rain or shine, we're ready to go," rider Bill Gallardo said. "We all have our raincoats."

Over on the parade route, the neutral ground is empty, but real fans say the weather is just weaning out the weak.

"There's gonna be some rain and it will chase away all the fakers," diehard fan Eric Johnson said. "The pretenders aren't gonna be here but the true Endymion fans will be here."

Johnson and his friends put the finishing touches on their Endymione viewing stage Thursday morning.

"Even though it's probably gonna rain, we'll build it anyway," Johnson said.

They're ready to catch beads, regardless of what the weather Gods throw their way. Back at the den the floats and the Krewe are ready to ride.

"Rumor has it that it never rains on Orleans Avenue so hopefully everything works out," rider Ryan Bergeron said.

Members wrapped up their floats in tarps, in an attempt to keep everything dry. At the end of the day, the Krewe isn't too concerned because you can't rain on their Mardi Gras parade.

"Oh yeah we're gonna have a blast," rider Larry Favalora said. "Only comes one day a year."