Jan 25th, 2008 by mardigras
As thunder increased, and light rain gave way to a steady downpour, the parades scheduled to roll on the first big night of the Carnival parade season were cancelled one after the other. Only Oshun, the first scheduled parade on the Uptown route, managed to make it on schedule.
Other parades – including Pygmalion, Cleopatra, Eve, Atlas and Excalibur – pulled out of the lineup. Some have rescheduled – Eve will roll on Monday and Cleopatra will roll Wednesday – while other rescheduling is pending.
As storms continue to rumble to the west, and sporadic rain spritzes the area, the Krewes of Eve and Cleopatra became the first casualtes of the weather. Mandeville police confirmed that Eve has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. There are TV reports that Cleopatra has been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30, but no time has been confirmed.
Earlier in the afternoon krewes protected floats as well as possible and packed beads for the kickoff evening of the Carnival parade season. Six parades were scheduled to light the fuse on a weekend packed with bead-tossing, second-lining fun across the Mardi Gras Belt. Big parades, costumed canines and rumors of a surprise Hannah Montana visit spice up the first big weekend days in the metro area.