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It’s not the greatest of weather for Mardi Gras parades, but at least it should be warm.

Alice Jonson holds Royal Jefferson, 2, while they gather Mardi Gras swag during the Krewe of Gemini parade in Gulfport on February 25, 2017.
Alice Jonson holds Royal Jefferson, 2, while they gather Mardi Gras swag during the Krewe of Gemini parade in Gulfport on February 25, 2017. amccoy@sunherald.com

An 80 percent chance of rain across the Mississippi Coast hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of the five Carnival krewes with parades set to roll Saturday.

Krewe representatives say they plan for their parades to roll come rain or shine.

It’s going to be wet at times throughout the weekend across South Mississippi due to weak upper-level disturbances, so people should pack their rain gear whether they are going parading or shopping, according to the National Weather Service in Slidell.

“It looks wet, and there could be some heavy rain at times, but it’s not going to be continuous,” NWS Meteorologist Phil Grigsby said.

Despite the heavy chance of rain through Saturday evening, revelers can expect breaks in the showers late in the morning and in the early afternoon, Grigsby said.

“But there is a risk of thunderstorms with some lightning and some gusty winds, and that could be especially troublesome for people on the floats. It’s not the greatest weather, but the saving grace is it should be warm.”

Temperatures could reach 70 degrees, he said.

Showers and possible thunderstorms are likely through Wednesday, the NWS says.

Six parades are set to roll in five cities on Saturday and seven other parades are scheduled from Sunday through Fat Tuesday.

Two parades roll at 10 a.m. Saturday — The Krewe of Diamondhead in its namesake city and the Second Liners in Biloxi.

The Jackson County Carnival Association parade in Pascagoula starts at 1 p.m.

“The sun is going to come out on our parade. Didn’t they tell you?,” Alma Huyett of the Jackson County Carnival Association said with enthusiasm.

The Krewe of Gemini rolls in downtown Gulfport at 2 p.m.

“Nothing will stop Gemini from rolling unless it’s thunderstorming or a torrential downpour,” Bryan Lord said.

The Krewe of Neptune and the Krewe of Salacia roll in Biloxi at 5:30 p.m.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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