Photo by Lyle W. Ratliff / Special
Fat Tuesday. Day of Debauchery.
Many do not know that Mobile, Alabama is the birthplace of Mardi Gras. Some reports indicate that the first Mardi Gras was celebrated in 1709, when French colonists got together for the Masque de la Mobile. Over time, the Cowbellian Society was born and in 1856, several members had moved to New Orleans where they established the Krewe of Comus — New Orleans’ oldest Krewe.
Click here for a very amusing song about the legendary rivalry among Mobile and New Orleans concerning Mardi Gras. I didn’t realize until I moved here, how big Mobile’s Mardi Gras actually is. There are subtle differences among the two, with the biggest being Moon Pies as throws. Since 1956, Moon Pies have been the throw of choice. A Southern delicacy, second only to GooGoo Clusters, Moon Pies are now synonymous with Mobile’s Mardi Gras.
Here’s a little snippet of my favorite parade, the Mystics of Time (MOTs) and their trademark dragon – VernaDean.
If, like me, you have to work on Mardi Gras Day, you can always click here for live Mardi Gras cam get a flavor of the feeling. So for those lucky enough to be off today, Laissez le bon temps rouler!