Mardi Gras
General madness overtakes Mobile annually in the months, weeks and days preceding Ash Wednesday as chants of "Moon Pie! Moon Pie!" and "Throw me something Mister!" fills the air in historic Mobile. The rules governing civilized behavior are temporarily suspended...it's Mardi Gras in "Mobile, the Mother of Mystics."

New Orleans may have the better known celebration, but Mobile's was the first and arguably the best. Legend tells us that Mobile's earliest settlers apparently couldn't wait to get started. Mobile's first Mardi Gras celebration dates back to 1703, only one year after the city's founding. Historians disagree on who was responsible for organizing the celebration. Originally called Boeuf Gras (Fatted Ox), the celebration was one of feasting and revelry on the day preceding Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season which leads to Easter. The celebration, now called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day.

It was in 1857 the Mobile members of Cowbellian de Rakin Society, formed in 1830 traveled to New Orleans and assisted with the formation of the Crewe of Comus, considered New Orleans' most prestigious Mardi Gras society.

Dozens of mystic societies build colorful Mardi Gras floats and parade through downtown Mobile during the weeks preceding Mardi Gras Day. Masked society members throw doubloons, candies, beads and moon pies to excited crowds that scamper about for the Mardi Gras memorabilia. And Mobile's celebration is good, safe fun the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy Mardi Gras where it all began, in "Mobile, Mother of Mystics."

Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

iTunes  "Mardi Gras in Mobile" is available for download on the App Store for free

Download "Mardi Gras in Mobile" by Ray Farnell and the Moon Pie Band (featuring the Murphy High School Jazz Band).
 

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Mardi Gras in Mobile Websites

Mardi Gras Vendor Information

Toomey's Mardi Gras

Mobile Carnival Museum, a Museum full of Mardi Gras history

Mobile Mask

What's a moon pie? Visit the Official Moonpie Website