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Cold, gray morning won't stop Mardi Gras revelers

The sixth annual Red Beans Parade rolled through the Marigny and ended in the Treme with The Treme Brass Band on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New Orleans. Participants sported costumes made of various kinds of beans. (AP Photo/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune, Kathleen Flynn)

NEW ORLEANS -- Despite rain and cold in Tuesday's forecast, revelers are gathering along parade routes as the Carnival season in New Orleans heads to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras.

Mark Nelson, of St. Louis, will be attending his first Fat Tuesday. He says he will be in the mix even in a downpour. Nelson says he came for the experience to support his U.S. Department of Energy co-worker, Melvin Labat, who's also a member of the Krewe of Zulu and this year's Province Prince.

Rain is expected to hit the metropolitan area sometime after 10 a.m. local time, which means it could rain on both the krewes of Zulu and Rex. Temperatures aren't expected to rise above the low 40s.

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