The Original Mardi Gras

Downtown Mobile, Alabama. Image not captured by me.

Flamboyant costumes, whimsical floats, countless beads, a variety of throws, and great times are just a few elements that describe the essence of Mardi Gras. The season of Mardi Gras, which is French for 'Fat Tuesday', hosts parades, galas, balls, and more to celebrate the Carnival season. Mardi Gras occurs during the Shrovetide season, where participants indulge in plenty of good eats and flavorful drinks before beginning the period of Lent on Ash Wednesday, which is the day after Fat Tuesday.

Just a few of the MANY floats and bands in the Mobile Mardi Gras Parades!

When people around the world think of Mardi Gras, they immediately think of New Orleans as the place to be for the Mardi Gras festivities. New Orleans does have a grand celebration of the Carnival season, with wildness all about, but if you want the REAL Mardi Gras experience, Mobile, AL (right outside of my hometown, Prichard) is where it's at! Contrary to popular belief, Mobile is where Mardi Gras actually originated, started by Frenchman Nicholas Langlois in 1703. I'll admit, Mardi Gras in New Orleans offers a bigger, grander, and wilder experience for its visitors, but Mobile Mardi Gras makes anyone feels like they're at home visiting family. You can actually relax and chill on Fat Tuesday, have your grill cooking your favorite meats, enjoy a nice cold alcoholic beverage, hear music of all genres, and watch the parades float by as you catch plenty of beads, moon pies, honey buns, and Fudge Rounds.