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Bienville Square in Mobile, Alabama

Mobile's Bienville Square

 

 

 

Mobile | Daytime Activities | Dining

Mardi Gras 2015 is Tuesday, February 17



Mobile Feature Stories

Bellingrath Home and Gardens - Mobile'sYear-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


Mobile's Parades, Krewes  & Mardi Gras Calendar

As the ancestral home of Carnival in the United States, Mobile, AL has a long proud history of putting on Mardi Gras. With so much to see and do around town, and temperate Gulf Coast weather,- even in February, Mobile is simply a great place to visit with family and friends at any time of year. 

Because Mobile has such a long Mardi Gras parading season it’s possible to enjoy the town and the festivities without getting bogged down with crowds and partygoers (unless that’s your thing), making it ideal for families.

Overall, Mobile offers one of the best Mardi Gras mixes on the Gulf Coast.  It’s big with the go wild crowd, but offers more than enough for those who want to participate quietly, and everything in between.

Mobile’s Carnival season seems to go on much longer than in many other cities.  In Mobile, more than 50 groups organize parades, balls, and festivities over a period of up to three weeks.

Families & Krewes

Mobile parade routes include sections that are designated family friendly and prohibit the consumption of alcohol. Bienville Square and Spanish Plaza are centrally located for parade watching, while Dauphin and Royal Streets are home to numerous restaurants, music venues, and shops.

In Mobile’s Mardi Gras culture, you won’t often hear the word krewe (as you might in Louisiana).  Here they refer to their parading organizations as "orders" or "societies", or "Knights of", though they serve much the same social, civic, and cultural function.  In 1830, Cowbellion de Rakin, Mobile’s first masked parading society was founded, and since that time numerous secret (and not so secret) societies have been formed around Mobile’s Mardi Gras parading tradition.

Overall, Mobile offers one of the best Mardi Gras mixes on the Gulf Coast.  It’s big with the go wild crowd, but offers more than enough for those who want to participate quietly, and everything in between.

Parades & Routes

Because of the number of parades in Mobile, multiple parade routes are used on Fat Tuesday and on the other busy parading days around the peak of Mardi Gras.

2014 Mobile Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, all parades follow Parade Route A

Information on Mobile Parade Routes can be found by CLICKING HERE



1st Weekend

Thursday, February 20, 2014

6.30pm
Order of Polka Dots Parade


Saturday, February 22, 2014

2.00pm
Mobile Mystics Parade


2.30pm
Mobile Mystical Revelers Parade


6.30pm
Maids of Mirth Parade


7.00pm
Order of Butterfly Maidens Parade


7.30pm
Krewe of Marry Mates Parade


Sunday, February 23, 2014

6.30pm
Neptune’s Daughters Parade


7.00pm
Order of Isis Parade


Monday, February 24, 2014

6.30pm
Mobile Mystical Ladies Parade


7.00pm
Order of Venus Parade


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

6.30pm
Order of LaShe’s Parade



Unless otherwise noted, all parades follow Parade Route A

Information on Mobile Parade Routes can be found by CLICKING HERE



2nd Weekend

Thursday, February 27, 2014

6.30pm
Mystic Stripers Society Parade


Friday, February 28, 2014

6.30pm
Crewe of Columbus Parade


Saturday, March 1, 2014

12.00pm
Floral Parade


12.30pm
Knights of Mobile Parade


1.00pm
Order of Angels Parade


6.00pm
Mystics of Time Parade


6.30pm
Coronation of Queen to King Felix III
Mobile Convention Center


Sunday, March 2, 2014

2.00pm
Arrival of King Elexis I
At foot of Government Street


2.30pm
Joe Cain Parade


5.00pm
Le Krewe de Bienville Parade


8.15pm
Coronation of King Elexis
Mobile Convention Center


Monday, March 3, 2014

11.00am
Arrival of King Felix III
At foot of Government Street F

Followed by King Felix III Parade at Noon.


12.00pm
Floral Parade


3.00pm
MLK Business and Civic Organization Parade
Parade Route D


3.30pm
MLK Monday Nighter Mystics Parade
Parade Route D


4.00pm
Northside Merchants
Parade Route D


6.30pm
Infant Mystics Parade



Unless otherwise noted, all parades follow Parade Route A

Information on Mobile Parade Routes can be found by CLICKING HERE



MARDI GRAS DAY

FAT TUESDAY, March 4th, 2014


10.30am
Order of Athena Parade


12.30pm
Knights of Revelry Parade


1.00pm
King Felix Parade


1.30pm
Comic Cowboys Parade


2.00pm
Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association
Parade Route B


6.30pm
Order of Myths Parade
Parade Route C



Unless otherwise noted, all parades follow Parade Route A

Information on Mobile Parade Routes can be found by CLICKING HERE



Mobile Mardi Gras calendar information provided courtesy of the Mobile Carnival Museum.

Mobile | Daytime Activities | Dining


Mobile Feature Stories

Bellingrath Home and Gardens - Mobile'sYear-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


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