NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A welcome reprieve from cold, wet weather brought out revelers eager for the Thursday Uptown parade lineup of Babylon, Chaos and Muses.
After a soggy start to Carnival, parade-goers flocked to the route hours before Babylon rolled, and riders couldn't have been more thrilled with the turnout.
"It's an ego boost. It's a rush," said bagpipe player Steve Brownlee. "When you walk on the street playing bagpipes for 2 million people on the sides, they scream at you like you're a rock star. So it pumps you up, it's fun."
Sunny skies and moderate temperatures also attracted a lot of first-timers.
"It's my first time at Muses and I've lived here my whole life," one reveler said. "Just to see all the excitement and the different floats that they have, because I always see it on TV but I've never experienced it."
Visitors were equally eager to see what all this hype is about.
"This is my first Mardi Gras and my daughter is home sick, otherwise she would be with me," said Washinton resident Gwen Perry. "And I love the rolling Elvi. I just love their spirit, their attitude, their playfulness. I just love Elvis and I love his music and I just think they embody that and they're just fun. "
While revelers had different expectations for the evening, many agreed there was one thing in particular on their minds.
"Shoes!" said one little girl, showing her Muses sign.