Mardi Gras in New Orleans: glitzy balls, then the parades
By STACEY PLAISANCE and JANET McCONNAUGHEY
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Mardi Gras revelers are awaking to cold temperatures and light rain in New Orleans.
The National Weather Service says the rain should be over by the time the first Fat Tuesday parade starts, but the temperatures will remain in the upper 30s, making to the lower 40s by noon.
Revelers in evening gowns and tuxedoes danced into the wee hours Tuesday at glitzy balls, kicking off the annual Mardi Gras bash that spills costumed merrymakers into the streets of New Orleans for partying, parades and trinkets tossed from floats.
The parades all wind down late Tuesday afternoon and outdoor celebrations cease at midnight, when the solemn Catholic season of Lent begins.