Sunday parades in Metairie moved to Monday to avoid bad weather

The Scales of Justice float rides through during the Krewe of Athena Parade on the Traditional Veterans Boulevard Route in Metairie on Saturday, February 11, 2018. (Photo by Peter G. Forest, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

With heavy rain expected Sunday (March 3), Jefferson Parish is moving the two parades scheduled for the Metairie route to Monday evening. The Krewe of Athena will now roll at 5:30 p.m. Monday, followed by the Krewe of Pandora, officials announced Friday afternoon.

The parades will still take the westbound route down Veterans Memorial Bouelvard, starting at Bonnabel Boulevard and Nero Street. They were originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The four krewes scheduled to take New Orleans’ Uptown route Sunday have so far not indicated any changes in their plans to parade. Okeanos begins at 11 a.m., followed by Mid-City and Thoth. Bacchus has a later start at 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

Rain is in the forecast through the entire weekend, with a 20 percent chance on Friday night into Saturday.

The likelihood for storms increases to 80 percent Sunday, when a cold front is expected to make its way through the New Orleans areas. Temperatures, which are forecast to reach the upper 70s Saturday and Sunday, will drop into the 40s Sunday night and Monday.

Forecasters anticipate clear skies and cool conditions for Fat Tuesday.