Bon jour! Mardi Gras sous la pluie!

(Source: Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana)
(Source: Mardi Gras Southwest Louisiana)

Agnes DeRouen in the KPLC 7 Newsroom with a preview of our Mardi Gras coverage which kicks off during 7News@Noon.

Once again we're having Mardi Gras sous la pluie - Mardi Gras in the rain. The weather has prompted some changes. The Hot Rods, Classics and Motorcycles parade has been moved from noon to 1 p.m. We'll bring you all the fun of that, along with the celebrations of the Krewe de Charlie Sioux at the Downtown Mardi Gras Block Party. We'll be bringing you a live look at what's happening downtown at noon.

Plus lots of folks are enjoying a bit of culture today with traditional Courirs de Mardi Gras, or chicken runs in rural areas. We'll be checking out the mad dash for the ingredients of a gumbo in places like Iowa and Tee Mamou Iota where you're sure to find those colorful, cone-shaped hats known as the capuchon.

Now, I mentioned "la pluie,"  the rain. Ben tells me the showers will end from west to east thru the afternoon – marking an end to the very wet conditions and the beginning of a dryer outlook. He says it looks as though most, if not all, of the rain will be east of Lake Charles by the time of the Krewe of Krewes Parade.

In other news, we'll have an update on that disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Right now the Coast Guard is escorting the 893 foot Carnival Triumph under tow to Mobile, Alabama after an engine room fire a few days ago. If you know of someone on board the ship who would like to share their story with KPLC, please contact us at

And we'll preview President Obama's State of the Union address set for tonight. We're hearing that he may be announcing the withdrawal of thousands of troops from Afghanistan within the next year.

Plus, while you're contemplating your lunch, something to keep in mind if you're reaching for a particular type of Lean Cuisine meal. One of the ravioli selections is being recalled and we'll tell you why. You can read more about that HERE.

Remember, you can always watch us online at and on air. We'll be covering Mardi Gras in all its glory – rain or shine – so we hope you join us at noon, 5 p.m., 6 p.m.and 10 p.m.

Laissez les bon temps rouler, cher!!!!

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