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Dropped beads collect in puddles of water along the route of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade in 2011.

Advocate staff file photo by LIZ CONDO

With rain in the forecast for Saturday's Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, organizers want revelers to know this: We plan to roll.

Organizers posted on the parade's Facebook page Monday, saying that the start time might be altered, but the parade plans to roll Saturday "rain or shine." The parade is scheduled to start at noon in downtown Baton Rouge.

The National Weather Service forecasts rain for much of the weekend in south Louisiana. "Friday into the weekend is looking to be an active one," the NWS said, adding that there will likely be "multiple bouts of rain from Friday afternoon, through Monday morning."

Spanish Town Parade organizers point out that city police ultimately will decide any changes to the start time.

The parade, with a theme of "Game of Thongs," is following a longer route this year, a plan designed to help spread out the crowd and improve safety.

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