Proteus, Orpheus to roll early on Lundi Gras; bad weather expected late Monday_lowres

2014's Fat Tuesday was a wet, miserable affair - and 2015's Lundi Gras night is shaping up to be the same if current forecasts prove true.

The CIty of New Orleans announced this afternoon that both the Krewe of Proteus and the Krewe of Orpheus are moving up the start times for their Lundi Gras parades in anticipation of bad weather later in the evening. Proteus now will roll at 4 p.m., with Orpheus following at 4:45 p.m.

UPDATE: The city has announced a slight route change; both parades will turn right at Canal Street from St. Charles Avenue, then continue their normal route.

The ceremonial arrivals of Rex and Zulu at Spanish Plaza haven't been altered - yet. But check tomorrow before heading to Spanish Plaza. No one wants a wet, miserable Lundi Gras like last year's wet, miserable Mardi Gras, and current forecasts for Monday night include 37-degree temperatures with a 90 percent chance of rain in metro New Orleans.

For the most recent news, check the City of New Orleans' Mardi Gras website.

The city's press release under the jump...


NEW ORLEANS-The City of New Orleans announced today that Mardi Gras parades scheduled for Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, will begin earlier in anticipation of bad weather that evening.

The Krewe of Proteus will begin at 4 p.m. instead of 5:15 p.m., and the Krewe of Orpheus will begin at 4:45 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. There have been no changes made to the routes of the parades.

At this time, no changes have been made to the Krewes of Zulu and Rex's Lundi Gras festivities. More details are expected to be available tomorrow.

To keep residents and visitors fully informed this Mardi Gras season, the City launched a Mardi Gras information and updates website at