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Site of Mobile’s First Mardi Gras Parade

Violet Sky at the Site of Mobile's First Mardi Gras Parade, Mobile, Alabama (Photo Credit: Violet Sky)
Violet Sky at the Site of Mobile's First Mardi Gras Parade, Mobile, Alabama (Photo Credit: Violet Sky)

For over 300 years, Mobile, Alabama has been celebrating Mardi Gras. In fact, Mobile is home to the oldest Carnival celebration in the United States. A French tradition allowed Mobile to be recognized as a place of festivities each year for the Mardi Gras event.

About

The first Mardi Gras parade in Mobile was hosted on February 25, 1868. A parade of wagons made their way down the street to where the festival ball was being held. On each of the wagons a play was being presented that depicted a popular French theatrical production. Some people even dressed as Persian Warriors as they rode down the street in the parade.

After this event it sort of became a tradition in Mobile. Every year, thousands of people come to the city to participate in the Mardi Gras events.

Violet Sky’s Visit

Not only does Mardi Gras Park present statues of the characters of the Mardi Gras festivities but this sign marks the site of even more of Mobile’s history. Imagine being here on the night of February 25, 1868 with all of the people playfully celebrating the Mardi Gras event. Signs like this one give us information about the significance of places we visit.

How to Visit

The sign is located nearby Mardi Gras park and is free to visit.

 

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’.

-Violet Sky

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