By: Ebonee Burrell | Editor in Chief
From moon pies, stuffed animals and beads to more moon pies, glow sticks and roses to peanuts, footballs, hula hoops, and even more moon pies. Anything is considered a throw at a Mardi Gras parade….in Mobile!
Mobile kicked off the Mardi Gras season on Feb. 7, followed by three consecutive weeks of parades around the city ending on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 25, with a long day of back to back parades. Every year, Fat Tuesday falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, families tailgate downtown to spend their day off enjoying the full swing of parades.
Mardi Gras was founded in 1703 in Mobile, Alabama, by Frenchman Nicholas Langlois leading the first parade. The history of Mardi Gras in Mobile goes far back into explaining the king cakes, organization balls, traditional colors, and the notable holiday.
Rain or shine, thousands of Mobilians show in attendance to every parade in their “Do Whatcha Wanna” spirit. It’s hard to disappoint with a line of decorative floats, non-stop local bands, and the chance to get hit with a handful of beads.
Don’t bother wasting your energy trying to argue with a Mobilian about how Mardi Gras in New Orleans is more known to everyone. It might result in a losing argument with proven facts that it may be bigger, but definitely not better.
Next year, Fat Tuesday is Feb. 16th. This is your heads up, so plan accordingly and the Port City will see you next year to let the good times roll!
Mobile Carnival Museum
Learn more about the Mobile Carnival Museum. This museum is dedicated to the pure history of Carnival and Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama.