Cold, rain forecast for Mardi Gras in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Despite rain and cold in Tuesday's forecast, thousands of people are expected to line the traditional parade routes to get a prime spot for Mardi Gras — New Orleans' biggest show.

Mark Nelson, of St. Louis, will be attending his first Fat Tuesday. He said he's going to be in the mix even in a downpour. Nelson says he came for the experience to support his U.S. Department of Energy co-worker, Melvin Labat, who's also a member of the Krewe of Zulu and this year's Province Prince.

Rain is expected to hit the metropolitan area sometime after 10:00 a.m. local time, which means it could rain on both the krewes of Zulu and Rex. Temperatures aren't expected to rise above the low 40s.

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