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A light rain fell for a short while in Gulf Shores on Tuesday morning, but it didn't ruin any of the fun for Angela Florez, 23, (left) and Osman Perez, 20, both of Gulf Shores.
GULF SHORES, Alabama -- It may not be the best day to have a parade, but the one here rolled on anyway.
The Fat Tuesday parade in Gulf Shores kicked off at 10 a.m. about the same time a light rain to started to fall. The rain didn't last long, but it caused a few revelers to run to their cars.
Parade participants broke out umbrellas, rain coats and plastic pullovers just before their floats slowly began to roll toward Alabama 59 from First Street.
"The air is so full of fun and excitement," said Betty Lisle, 71, who rode on a float. "We are going to roll rain or shine. There are probably 100,00 people waiting on us."
The weather didn't turn away Melissa Gardner, 46, of Gulf Shores. She stood under anumbrellawaiting for things to get started.
"This is my first parade here, and it had to rain," Gardner said. "It's OK. It doesn't seem to damper the excitement or anything."
Tom Henry, 73, of Coldwater, Mich., doesn't miss a Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade. He stays in Gulf Shores from November to April.
Henry said before he and his wife started coming to coastal Alabama the only thing they knew about Mardi Gras was what they saw on television.
"We used to wonder why would anybody bother to come to all these parades," he said. "Now, we know.
Henry and his wife have grown to enjoy thefestivitiesso much they ride on a float each year.
"It's a party atmosphere," he said. "You get sucked into it."
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