Biloxi parades will roll rain or shine

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Mayor A.J. Holloway, after witnessing a steady rainfall today and after speaking with Gulf Coast Carnival leaders and public safety officials, said that plans are for Biloxi’s three parades to roll on Fat Tuesday.

“We all agree that the only thing that will keep the parades from rolling is life-threatening weather,” Holloway said this afternoon. “And right now, it’s fun-threatening weather, not life-threatening.”

City workers labored in intermittent rainfall throughout the day today, positioning barricades and bleachers along the 2 1/2-mile parade route in downtown Biloxi. On Tuesday, Mardi Gras Day, Gulf Coast Carnival Association parades will roll at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and the Krewe of Neptune will parade at 2 p.m.

Each year, Biloxi sees as many as 100,000 to 150,000 revelers for its three parades, but Holloway thought rainfall could sidetrack some paradegoers this year. The weather forecast included a 60 percent chance of rain during the day Tuesday, increasing to an 80 percent chance Tuesday night. To see an online forecast, click here.

“Paradegoers should dress for the weather,” Holloway said. “Wear water-resistant jackets and hats, and parents should pay more attention than ever to small children, who have a greater chance of injury because of the elements. We don’t want injured children – or sick children – because of carelessness. Like we always say: Have a good time and a safe time.”