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Bienville Square in Mobile, Alabama

Mobile's Bienville Square

 

 

 

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Mardi Gras 2017 is Tuesday, February 28th


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.

2016 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, January 28, 2016
6.30pm
Order of Polka Dots Parade 


Friday, January 29, 2016
6.30pm
Order of Inca Parade 


Saturday, January 30, 2016
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, January 31, 2016
6.30pm
Neptune's Daughters Parade


7.00pm
Order of Isis 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 4, 2016

6.30pm
Mystic Stripers Society Parade 


Friday, February 5, 2016

6.30pm
Crewe of Columbus Parade 


Saturday, February 6, 2016

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, February 7, 2016

2.00pm
Arrival of King Elexis I
(at foot of Government Street)


2.30pm
Joe Cain Parade


5.00pm
Le Krewe de Bienville Parade


7.00pm
Coronation of King Elexis
Mobile Convention Center 


Monday, February 8, 2016

11.00 AM
Arrival of King Felix III
(at foot of Government Street) followed by King Felix, III Parade at Noon


12.00pm
Floral Parade


12.00pm
King Felix, III Parade


3.00pm
MLK Business and Civic Organization Parade
(rolls on Route D)


3.30pm
Monday Mystics Parade
(rolls on Route D)


4.00pm
Northside Merchants
(rolls on 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!



 

 

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, February 9, 2016

10.30 AM
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
(rolls on Route B)


6.30pm
Order of Myths Parade
(rolls on 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.

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