February 25, 2006 - Posted at 1:14 p.m. CST
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The weather may not agree with Mardi Gras
parades today in New Orleans.
Heavy storms are being forecast, and they may wipe out many of
the day's activities.
One of the biggest events scheduled for today is a
celebrity-studded parade on elaborate floats through the relatively
unscathed Uptown area.
This is the last big weekend of the annual Carnival season,
which culminates Tuesday with parades and street parties in and
around the city.
Tourism officials and merchants have been hoping that the event
gives the economy a lift since Hurricane Katrina last August
flooded 80 percent of the city.
Better weather is expected for the final three days of Carnival.