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Rain or shine: Biloxi parade ready to roll

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In spite of a threat of heavy rain, the Gulf Coast Carnival Association is planning to go ahead with Tuesday's parade in Biloxi.

The floats are loaded with beads. The reviewing stands are in place and spectators are set up to catch throws.

The threat of wet weather does not appear to be causing Mardi Gras to consider canceling the Biloxi parade.

"We're going to get some rain. We're not worried about that. Something like lightening is a different thing," said Captain of Carnival Bobby Watts. "We're going to roll. It might be raining, but it'll be raining beads, too. I promise."

The weather might be hard on people, but according to float Builder Doug Bloom, today's floats are equipped to handle it.

"We used to use paper mache and that would have been a problem. These floats are water proof and it won't hurt them a bit," Bloom added.

Die hard Mardi Gras revelers are preparing for the parade, rain or shine. Chris Stapps spent Monday afternoon on Main Street near his RV.

"We're hunkered down. We have our motor homes lined up and are going to have a good time," Stapps said.

The first Biloxi parade rolled in 1908. Parades have been canceled only a few times, during World War II and the Great Depression.

The GCCA is monitoring the weather and Watts said there still is a chance it could be canceled.

"We would make that decision shortly before the parade. As I said, right now we have no intention of delaying it or calling it off. We're ready to roll," Watts said.

The parade is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. in downtown Biloxi.

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