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Mobile, al - bits & bobs

  • In 1703 Mobile, Alabama hosted the first Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.




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Mardi Gras 2019 is Tuesday, March 5th

The Birthplace of Mardi Gras

Mobile's Carnival On the Bay

Mobile Carnival Museum
Mobile Carnival Museum

In terms of Mardi Gras tradition and history, Mobile is the place where it all got started in the United States.  In 1703 Mobile held the first Mardi Gras celebration, and from there Carnival festivities spread as krewes from Mobile are reported to have helped New Orleans get it’s first Mardi Gras celebration started.

To this day, Mobile has a powerful Mardi Gras tradition.  In this corner of southern Alabama, set on a long sheltered bay off the Gulf of Mexico, the floats throw beads and all the traditional throws, but they are also known to throw local favorite Goo Goo Clusters. And, in an attempt to establish a more family friendly atmosphere, Mobile has instituted an alcohol free zone (Royal Street in between Church Street and Government Street - right in front of the Mobile Carnival Museum).

Daytime Activities | Dining | Parades, Krewes, Events & Calendar

Mobile Feature Stories

Bellingrath Home and Gardens - Mobile's year-round scenic getaway. See how Gulf Coast high society lived in days gone by.

Mobile's Living Room - Mardi Gras at the historic Battle House Hotel