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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Thousands of people will brave cold rain and possible sleet to be part of the biggest party in the United States – Mardi Gras.

Coverage of Fat Tuesday begins at 5 a.m. on FOX 8.

Zulu's 2014 Witch Doctor, Derek Rabb, of New Orleans, is charged with praying for the krewe's good health and good weather on Mardi Gras day. "By God's grace, there will be sun," he said.      

When out of costume, Rabb works at New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. A member of the organization for the past eight years, he said being in such a high profile position has been an experience he won't soon forget. "It's been a whole lot of fun," he said. "It's allowed me to meet some really interesting people."          

Kitty Jensen, of Washington, D.C., said she and about 15 others from the nation's capital were part of the Kilt of Many Colors and were scheduled to march in the second parade of the day, Rex, king of Carnival. "We are the party that never ends," said Jensen, dressed in an airy, royal purple ball gown, reminiscent of the Renaissance era.          

"I'll be much warmer on Tuesday, with those heavy wool kilts on," she said.


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