Rain on the parade: Expect showers across New Orleans area Saturday

A Krewe of Freret member flexes as parade goers clad in ponchos dance in the background in 2018.

A Krewe of Freret member flexes as parade goers clad in ponchos dance in the background in 2018.

Expect some rain on Saturday’s (Feb. 23) Mardi Gras season parades in the New Orleans area. There’s a slight chance of showers in the morning, increasing in the afternoon to 50 percent to 60 percent and continuing at night, weather forecasters say.

The high temperature is predicted to be 82 degrees, with winds of 15 mph to 20 mph.

The start times for the five consecutive Uptown parades have been shifted up slightly in hopes of avoiding the downpour. The Krewe of Pontchartrain now starts at noon, followed by the krewes of Choctaw, Freret, Sparta and Pygmalion.

In the Algiers-Terrytown area, the Mystic Knights of Adonis rolls at 11:45 a.m. In Metairie, Caesar is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday looks better. Expect sunny skies with daytime highs near 66 and nighttime lows near 49, as well as a wind of 10 to 15 mph.