Posted: Feb 20, 2012 8:50 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sara and Dejohn Benson made a lot of noise as they jumped up and down waiting for the next float to roll down St. Charles Avenue. The bead-laden 10- and 7-year old brother and sister were making up for lost time after missing out on their usual quota of parades because of heavy rain the day before.
Sunday's festivities started two hours early to accommodate two parades rained out on Saturday.
Six parades will fill the streets until late night, capped by the Krewe of Bacchus with actor Will Farrell reigning over the mega-krewe.
Chilly weather and blustery winds did not seem to bother any of the crowd lining the streets throughout the day. Most warmed up quickly, scrambling for beads and other trinkets.