It’s time for Mardi Gras to roll on the streets of downtown Mobile, Alabama! The Conde Cavaliers kick off Mobile’s parade season this evening at 6:30 PM on Route A. Parades and celebrations will continue through Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
What’s the best advice for folks attending the parades? Arrive early. Bring a coat… and your patience. It takes awhile for all that traffic to clear out after the last float passes by. Do not park on the parade route. (See the City of Mobile’s Mardi Gras page for more tips on parking.) Do not cross the barricades during the parades – ever – no matter how tempting that unattended strand of beads might be.
Carnival is celebrated all along the Northern Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Pensacola. Mobile lays claim to the title “Birthplace of Mardi Gras.” However, our baby’s actual date of birth depends largely on whom you ask. The location may be settled, but the exact year is still up for debate.
The Cowbellion society is often credited with holding the very first Mardi Gras parade. Their story begins with one man’s chance encounter with a garden rake and string of cowbells at a Mobile hardware store in the 1830’s. Others attest that the celebration goes back at least a hundred years before that to the early 1700’s when Mobile was known as Twenty-Seven-Mile Bluff.
Whether you’re a history buff or just here for the moon pies, the info-to-know is in the Mobile Mask magazine. Print copies may be purchased at multiple locations around town. The Mobile Mask website has a list of those locations as well as an accurate schedule of parades, balls, and parade routes.
Follow Mobile Mask on facebook for a fabulous recap of the parades, celebrations, and festivities, that take place in Southwest Alabama. Plus you’ll always stay in the loop with year-round info on all things Mardi Gras.
Steve Joynt is the creator and editor of Mobile Mask and our resident Mardi Gras expert. Look for Steve’s personal experiences and observations, or Mardi Gras Moments, on the Mobile Mask facebook page. His anecdotes give followers a glimpse of the personal side of the festivities. If you’re like us and love a good story, you won’t be disappointed.
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