America's First Mardi Gras: Three Centuries of Pageantry in Mobile
Before New Orleans, there was Mardi Gras in Mobile. Discover traditional artistry and enjoy local cuisine as you revel in the centuries-old story of America’s original Mardi Gras.
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Program No. 14269RJ
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Celebrate Mardi Gras in Mobile, where the fun and frolic began in 1703! Experience the history, customs, pageantry and excitement of “Fat Tuesday” as you enjoy a full day of festivities featuring colorful parades on Mardi Gras morning, afternoon and evening.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Mardi Gras Museum showcasing gowns, trains and crowns of Mardi Gras Kings and Queens and see the reigning King and royal court arrive during Monday’s beautiful Floral Parade.
  • Discover Mobile’s rich cultural history and experience sacred architecture as you visit two regionally important cathedrals.
  • Enjoy marching bands, mounted parade units and floats created by “krewes” such as the Order of Athena, Knights of Revelry, Comic Cowboys and Order of Myths.
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Michael Thomason
Dr. Michael Thomason is a retired professor of history and the director of the University of South Alabama Archives. He came to Mobile in 1970 when he was hired to teach at the university and has been studying the political, economic and social life of the area ever since. In 1978 he began the university photographic archives and over the years expanded its focus to include manuscripts as well. Dr. Thomason has produced several books, most recently the tercentennial history of Mobile.
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