MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The threat of rain and severe weather didn't stop the Joe Cain day festivities on Sunday.
Joe Cain's Merry Widow's kicked off the day to honor the man credited with reviving Mardi Gras after the Civil War and gave birth to the "People's Parade."
About 100 people greeted the widows Sunday morning at the Church Street Cemetery where Cain is buried.
"I've been coming here for the widows' parade and partying at the cemetery since the 70s," Barbara Turk said.
Cloudy skies and the threat of rain didn't keep thousands more from downtown to await the start of the "People's Parade."
Josh Rodgers has lived a number of places, but he usually makes it back home every year for Joe Cain Day. He had his own prediction for the weather.
"It's not going to rain, it's not going to rain, I saw the satellite everything's moving off to the northeast, so we're good to go here in Mobile," Rodgers said.
Despite Rodger's prediction, the rain did come just has the parade took to the streets, but it didn't stop the fun.
"I'm enjoying it. It's just a little windy, but I'm enjoying it," LeDebra Smith said.
"Rain or shine we're here. We're here for the long haul," Bill Weilding said.
"It's been crowded I been walking around down to Beinville Square and everything and it's been nice. The weather hasn't stopped anything I don't think," Paul Maddox said.
Whether it was their first Joe Cain parade or not, most of the people who came out today were determined to have a good time, and the "People's Parade" was determined not to disappoint.
Joe Cain, dressed as "Chief Slacabamorinico," paraded through Mobile in a wagon in 1866 reviving Mardi Gras after the Civil War.
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