Most folks outside New Orleans think Carnival is just Mardi Gras or just the “big 3” parades + Mardi Gras. Oh so wrong doubloon breath! This Friday starts a weekend of 21 parades all around the city with the action picking up again next Wednesday increasing through Fat Tuesday. It really is 2 weekends of parade partying. Mother Nature is cooperating for the first weekend as the next 4 days should be dry. A warming trend begins Friday with highs in the 60s, nearing 70 on Saturday and 70+ for Sunday. Our next rain chance won’t arrive until late Monday with Tuesday looking stormy at times. Since weather runs in cycles, we could see a repeat for the following weekend. Way to soon to guess about Mardi Gras…but then again…why not. Next Thursday-Saturday look dry with another system coming late Sunday into Monday that could threaten those parades. Marid Gras should be cold (50s) but dry. Stay tuned!