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Parades roll in rainy weather Sunday


NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Brightly colored floats stood out against the gray sky and after a soggy morning, the Krewe of Carrollton rushed to get ready.

"We're ready to roll," says parade captain Wayne Lee. "We got word from the National Weather Service we may have a few showers coming through but no lightning attached to them so we're ready to roll, the guys are getting on the floats and we're going."

Marching band members wrapped in rain gear warmed up.

Wet weather isn't great for the instruments but the girls of St. Mary's Academy couldn't wait to get on the route.

They are ready because this is what we've worked for," says band director Ray Johnson. "This is the band season."

The first floats rolled to Magazine a little later than scheduled but under dry skies.

Along St. Charles Avenue, parade goers braved the mud for good spots.

It looked like Mother Nature might give the Krewe of Carrollton a break, but then she changed her mind.

Carrollton has a lot to celebrate this year. This is the krewe's 90th anniversary.

It's is the fourth oldest carnival parading organization in the city and according to krewe history, it was the only daytime parade of the 1933 carnival season after rain everything else including Rex.

Marilyn and Louis Reynolds have been watching Carrollton for years.

"My father was a member forever," she says. "He was the King of Carrollton about 20 years ago. I was a maid when I was 16 years old."

Though it wasn't the best weather for a Carnival Sunday, even the youngest parade-goers didn't seem to mind.

"Awesome," said one little boy.

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