Attendees stick out soggy Family Gras

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - While Caesar won't roll until Sunday, some musical acts for Family Gras went on as planned Saturday.

Some performers took the stage early, but rains kept two big names off the bill. Even so, many attendees stuck it out and were rewarded in the end.

"This is my first year and it gets rained on," said Metairie resident Michelle Freeman.

Freeman finally made it to Family Gras this year.

Conditions were not ideal.

"I'm going to deal with it and stick with it and try to do my best and hang out and listen to everything," Freeman said.

She and dozens of others showed up early to see John Oates.

"He didn't come on. They canceled him because of the rain," said Family Gras goer Maryann Condy.

Several hours into steady showers, some were questioning their decision.

"We're stupid. That's all I know," laughed attendee Nolan Vinet.

"I don't want to end up getting sick in the cold, in the rain," said Condy.

Yet, others took the weather in stride.

"It's New Orleans. You can never expected weather to be good all the time," said attendee Taylor Vix.

Friends Vix and Taylor Frank only had one thing on their mind, Cyndi Lauper.

"I'll be in the rain worshiping her," said Frank.

"And I'll be there for support," Vix chimed in.

While Michael McDonald did not perform, Cyndi Lauper did take the stage.

Yet, even if it had been a total wash, folks like Freeman say Carnival season is more than whatever weather comes along with it.

"This is what Mardi Gras is all about. Whether it's rain, sleet or snow, everybody's all ways out there and we're always having a good time," said Freeman.

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