New Orleans Shivers in One of Coldest Mardi Gras Ever

Not only is it raining on their parade, but it’s darn cold, too.

Mardi Gras revelers in New Orleans — accustomed to balmy weather for their big annual celebration — spent Tuesday bundled up under their costumes as the mercury hovered in the high 30s.

 “I’ve got my long johns on,” Carol LeBlanc, who was dressed up as a scarecrow, told The Associated Press from the chilly, wet parade route.

At noon local time, New Orleans was registering at 38 degrees. That would match the coldest “Fat Tuesday” daily high ever recorded in Feb. 14, 1899, according to the National Weather Service.

In contrast, the warmest Mardi Gras on record was Feb. 20, 1917, when temperatures climbed to 83 degrees. The average is around 67 degrees.

“It’s cold for Mardi Gras,” said Mike Shields, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service, adding that it was particularly cool considering how late Mardi Gras falls this year.

Image: Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans

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