Rain on Mardis Gras Parades Don’t Deter Festive MoodMar 6th, 2011 | By Sue Gonzales | Category: Travel
Early Mardis Gras partiers braved rain, lightning, and even tornado watches in New Orleans and other areas Saturday, wading through a foot of water in some places to continue celebrations.
In New Orleans’ French Quarter, the downpour lasted nearly an hour and sent many scurrying for temporary cover. Cars at Conti and Bourbon had difficulty steering through the flooding. One woman used plastic bags as boots to wade through the wetness. It made a few folks grumpy. But others just splashed in the water, or continued celebrating indoors at restaurants and bars.
One partier explained his philosophy for fighting out the weather: “Rain makes corn. Corn makes whiskey. And we like whiskey.”
In Baton Rouge, Spanish Town parade route audiences got soaked, but downtown viewers of the second annual Poseidon parade managed to stay dry. The parade time was almost changed to avoid the weather, but instead the parade was simply shortened, which proved to turn out for the best.
Meanwhile the spring break season opened in Panama City Beach, Florida, as thousands of vacationers arrived early, just in time for Mardis Gras celebrations at Pier Park, where a party began Friday continued into Saturday. It will probably still be going when Mardis Gras officially begins on Tuesday.