Officials with the Meridian Downtown Association announced Friday that they were postponing most events scheduled for Little Mardi Gras.
The reason for putting off the events was simple, the weather. Forecasters expected it to rain throughout much of the day. They were right. Officials want to reassure the public that the events are not cancelled, simply postponed. When they will be made up, remains to be seen. Early indications show rain in our area again next weekend.
"We had an all-day event planned and I'm sure that it will end up being an all-day event. It's just a matter of when the rain's gonna let us do it," said Downtown Association member Michele Pearson.
Pearson says that postponing the events is not all bad. It actually gives you more time if you would like to participate. She says that having this delay will only make Little Mardi Gras better.
"It's disappointing to me because there's so many people that have put so much work into it and we were all pumped up and ready to go and then the rain and that also gives more people chances to get involved," said Pearson.
Little Mardi Gras wasn't the only local event suffering from the wet weather. Meridian Community College had a Doubleheader with Pensacola scheduled for Saturday.
According to Athletic Director Hilary Allen, those games will be made up Sunday afternoon, first pitch at one o'clock. In anticipation of today's rain, the MCC softball team was forced to finish up their Rush Classic by playing extra games last night.
But it wasn't just sports that were forced to the sidelines. The United Blood Services had planned to hold a blood drive at the Rib House on Highway 19 North. That event will be rescheduled.