Update, 4:24 p.m.: New Orleans is in “constant coordination” with the National Weather Service and is monitoring the heavy winds, City Hall spokesperson Hayne Rainey said Monday afternoon. So far, the predicted wind speed is not expected to force parade changes.
“The trigger for making adjustments to parade routes is when the forecast calls for sustained winds of 35mph or greater,” Rainey said. “Currently, the weather forecast does not call for sustained winds of 35mph, but rather intermittent gusts of wind between 30 and 40 mph.”
Update, 4 p.m.: Sean Burke, Jefferson Parish's director of citizen affairs, said officials will wait until the last possible minute to decide whether the all-female Krewe of Pandora will roll for its first time at 7 p.m. in Metairie.
Burke said officials were looking at predictions of 20 to 30 mile per hour wind gusts. Gusts about 40 miles per hour, however, could prompt the parade's cancellation.
"As of right now, we’re still going to roll," Burke said Monday afternoon. "Hopefully we get them to ride, but at the same time we don’t want to put anyone in any type of danger or unsafe situation."
A cold front sweeping through south Louisiana on Monday morning will bring strong winds, prompting the National Weather Service to advise that some New Orleans parades could be impacted.
A wind advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Winds will range from 20-25 mph with gusts of 30-40 mph.
The New Orleans Advocate's Mardi Gras expert Arthur Hardy says New Orleans police have the final word on whether or not high winds prompt a parade change, although the decision is made in conjunction with the parade captain.
In Uptown, Krewe of Proteus rolls at 5:15 p.m., followed by Krewe of Orpheus at 6 p.m.
In Metairie, Krewe of Pandora hits the streets at 7 p.m.
Stay with The New Orleans Advocate throughout the day for updates.