By: Ebonee Burrell | Editor in Chief
Since 1702, Mardi Gras season has become one of the most cultural aspects which originated in Mobile, AL. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been waking up every “Fat Tuesday” at 5:00 a.m. to spend the entire day downtown. The grand finale of Mardi Gras, known as Fat Tuesday, consists of watching the marching bands perform on the streets, an entire day of parades and just letting the good times roll.
Every year left me with a new memory, whether it was catching the biggest teddy bear off the float or getting knocked out by a box of chocolate moon pies because my mother triggered a thrower by holding a sign that said, “You Throw Like a Girl!!”
Hot or cold, rain or shine, it seemed that nothing ever stopped the celebration on Fat Tuesday. Mobilians never failed to let their founded holiday go to waste, which is why this year was a lot different.
It was pretty weird to just eat half of a King Cake for breakfast and a moonpie after every meal with faint carnival music playing in the background instead of being downtown and wait for the parades to start. But I had to make my day different so it didn’t feel like a waste of a day because it wasn’t just any Tuesday, it was Fat Tuesday.
The pandemic changed everything, if I had known a year ago that my plans for 2021 were going to be the complete opposite of what they are now, I would’ve went a little harder in 2020. And by harder I mean diving to catch that giant unicorn that was thrown of a float and collecting every bead I found to trade in for a dozen of free Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
None of that was possible this year, and it all may be different in the years to come. But it’s safe to say we Mobilians are ready to embrace the changes and let the good times continue to roll in 2022.