Mardi Gras has been celebrated around the world for centuries. It’s roots go all of the way back to the spring celebrations of the early-Romans. Then Medieval Catholicism updated the focus to the advent of Easter. All that was left after that was taking it to the New World, which Nicholas Langlois did right here in Mobile, in 1703, back when our city was the capital of Louisiana.
A lot of things have changed since that first Mobile Mardi Gras but we still celebrate and you’re most definitely invited!
If you’re looking for a more family-friendly place way enjoy the annual Carnival tradition, Mobile Mardi Gras is for you. While Mobile’s festivities offer plenty of adult fun, it doesn’t get as out of hand here as it can, in other cities like New Orleans.
A Mobile Mardi Gras
Beyond being a little more friendly and a little less crazy, Mardi Gras in Mobile means Moon Pies.
If you’ve been reading along with us, you’ll already be aware of how the Moon Pie figures into the Mobile New Year’s Eve celebrations. Well, that’s not the only prominence Moon Pies have here in Mobile.
“Krewe” members toss various “throws” into the crowd from their floats during Mardi Gras parades. Strings of bright plastic beads and charms are common at celebrations around the world. In Mobile, you’ll also see Moon Pies, or “Mardi Gras Pies” being thrown to the crowd. Mardi Gras Pies are soft, round, delicious, and often come wrapped in a krewe’s emblem. Save ’em, eat ’em, throw them at someone else. It’s all good!
Then there’s the tradition of Joe Cain Day.
Joe Cain reinvigorated the Mobile Mardi Gras tradition in 1867 and received his own part of the celebrations in 1966. Joe Cain Day is held the Sunday before Fat Tuesday and has evolved into a kooky, but grand spectacle you don’t want to miss. This year’s Joe Cain Day is March 3rd.
Learn more about Joe Cain Day here.
The History of Mardi Gras in Mobile
Mobile Mardi Gras 2019 may be celebrated between February 15th and March 5th but you can learn about the history of the event here all year ’round.
The Mobile Carnival Museum features 14 gallery rooms with documents and displays covering 300 years of Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations.
You can also discover the history of Mobile and America’s Mardi Gras traditions on The Mobile Mardi Gras Trail – Mobile’s only historical walking tour!
Learn more about this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile at the Mobile Mask website.
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Malaga Inn’s 39 private rooms and suites are conveniently located in Mobile’s Historic Downtown district. This puts Mobile Mardi Gras right at your fingertips. Book your room at Malaga Inn now before we fill up!