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Crowds on St. Charles Avenue in Uptown New Orleans were sparse on Sunday morning as the Krewe of Okeanos prepared to roll at its scheduled 11 a.m. start time.

The St. Charles Parish-based Krewe of Des Allemands parade was canceled while the Krewe du Monde parade in St. John the Baptist Parish was pushed back Sunday morning due to rainy weather, officials announced.

As of Sunday morning, all New Orleans and Metairie parades were expected to roll as scheduled.

The St. Charles parade had been canceled ahead of grim forecasts made on Saturday.

The Krewe du Monde parade was scheduled to roll at 11 a.m. in LaPlace, but was pushed back to noon to “allow for a possible break in rainfall,” St. John the Baptist Parish officials said on Sunday morning.

The decision was made by parish officials and the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with a Krewe du Monde representative.

In New Orleans, a wet Mardi Gras weekend was also expected to get soggier as the National Weather Service set a 70 percent chance of rain throughout the day Monday.

Showers and thunderstorms were expected to produce locally heavy rainfall after parades lined up on Tchoupitoulas Street, with a 30 percent chance of rain by noon, climbing back up to nearly 70 percent later in the afternoon.

Despite the forecast, the Krewe of Okeanos started rolling just 15 minutes after its scheduled 11 a.m. time, as sparse crowds awaited its arrival Uptown on St. Charles Avenue.

The Krewe of Mid-City and the Krewe of Thoth also faced soggy weather following Okeanos. By 3 p.m., the chance of rain was expected to climb to 65 percent, according to hourly forecasts from The Weather Channel.

The chances remained high as the Corps of Napolean was expected to run in Metairie at 4:30 p.m. Athena was expected to roll in Metairie after the Corps of Napolean at 5:30 p.m.

Fans looking forward to the superkrewe Bacchus faced a lesser chance of rain by the time that parade rolled Uptown in New Orleans at 5:15 p.m.

As of noon, the hourly forecast showed a 35 percent chance of rain at 5 p.m., going down to a 10 percent chance by 9 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, showers were expected continue into Sunday night and Monday morning as a cold front pushes through the region.

Temperatures were expected to be cooler Monday, with a high of 62 degrees, but the forecast showed much lower rain chances.

For days it appeared that the soggy weather would continue through Tuesday, but by Sunday morning an improved outlook on Mardi Gras Day showed a forecasted high of 69 degrees with only a 20 percent chance of rain.

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