3 Uptown Mardi Gras parades will roll 1 hour early on rainy Saturday

Revelers battle the rain on St. Charles Avenue as 110 trucks with over 4,000 riders followed Rex on the Uptown parade route on Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune)

Revelers battle the rain on St. Charles Avenue as 110 trucks with over 4,000 riders followed Rex on the Uptown parade route on Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune)

Three daytime Uptown parades, Pontchartrain, Choctaw, and Freret, will roll an hour early on Saturday (Feb. 23) in an effort to avoid rain, according to a post on the city’s NOLAready Twitter account.

Pontchartrain will begin at noon, Choctaw at 1 p.m., and Freret at 2 p.m.

As a city spokesperson explained in a subsequent email: “The National Weather Service reports that rain associated with a cold front will be possible throughout the day, with the greatest chance in the late afternoon and evening. Starting the daytime parades early will help clear the route ahead of the period when rain and storms are most likely. There is a marginal risk for severe storms Saturday evening, however, the worst of these impacts are currently expected to remain north of the city.”

The city advises that “all other parades Saturday currently remain as scheduled.” The Knights of Sparta will proceed at 5:30 p.m. on the Uptown route, followed immediately by the Krewe of Pygmalion.

Uptown isn’t the only place where parades are being shuffled to avoid predicted precipitation. Three North Shore parades have been rescheduled as well.