Mardi Gras Rolling Despite New Orleans Rain Threat

Entertainer Harry Connick Jr. rides in the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade as it rolls through the streets of New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Connick is the founder of the parade.
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In the French Quarter, where the revelry almost didn't stop overnight, crowds were expected to cruise down Bourbon Street, pleading for beads from revelers on balconies before heading to Canal Street for the parades.

Traditionally, the French Quarter is the scene of Mardi Gras' raunchiest activities, while the streetcar line along St. Charles is given over to family groups who set up for a day of barbecues and parade watching.

Bryan Clark, 42, said it would take more than the threat of rain to break his family's tradition of camping near the place where the Zulu parade turns onto St. Charles Avenue. "We stay here rain sleet or snow," he said.

The New Orleans native said his parents hooked him on the Mardi Gras ritual and now he does it with his wife and children. "There is no other place in America you can do this," he said.

Rain or shine, it was parade-goers last chance during the Carnival season, which ends with the stroke of midnight Tuesday. After that, the solemn season of Lent replaces the revelry until Easter.

Many revelers said they weren't going to let the weekend shooting on Bourbon Street wreck the party.

On Saturday night, four people were injured on the city's famed street. One man has been arrested and police said they have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect. A third person who is believed to have critical information about the shooting is also being sought, police said.

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