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Visit the Condé-Charlotte House Museum

October 19, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile's Condé-Charlotte House MuseumTravel back in time to 18th century Mobile, Alabama with a visit to the Condé–Charlotte House historic house museum.

There’s an awful lot of history in Mobile, AL. Forts, gardens, parks, monuments and, historic houses tell the tale of the city and region.

Of them all, the Condé-Charlotte House Museum is billed as “the gateway to Mobile’s history,” and with good reason. The building, constructed in 1822 between the southern bastions of Fort Condé, was Mobile’s first courthouse and city jail.

The building, still sometimes referred to as The Kirkbride House, was purchased in 1849 by Jonathan Kirkbride. Kirkbride added what is now known as the main house, converting the courthouse and jail section into a kitchen. Evidence of the old jail cells, with their two-foot thick brick floor, can still be seen in the kitchen wing.

The Historic Mobile Preservation Society purchased the site in 1940 for restoration. Their hard work provided the historic house museum we see today, highlighting Mobile’s history under five flags: French, English, Spanish, Confederate and American.

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Mobile, AL’s 4th Annual Gears and Beers 2018

October 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Gears and Beers 2018Come to Mobile, AL this November for Gears and Beers 2018! This popular event includes four bike rides and an after-party at Fort Condé, the Fort of Colonial Mobile. November 10th, 2018.

There’s nothing quite like getting out in the open air on a bicycle and Mobile, AL is a great place for it. In fact, Gears and Beers has grown so popular that it had to be moved from downtown Mobile to Fort Condé!

The 4th annual return of Gears and Beers continues the trend with a bicycle ride for everyone!

Choose from the 8.2 mile fun ride, a 30, 60, or go all out on the 100 miler.

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Greater Gulf State Fair 2018 Rodeo and Stampede

September 24, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Greater Gulf State Fair 2018Summer may be on its way out but that doesn’t mean all the fun is over! The 2018 Greater Gulf State Fair is just around the corner: October 26th through November 4th, 2018.

The Greater Gulf State Fair may be fairly young, as state fairs go, but what it lacks in age, it makes up for in size and fun! The event may only 63 years old but it has the distinction of being Alabama’s largest state fair.

The fair runs for a full ten days, transforming The Grounds into a miniature city. It has its own power grid, police and medical control center, restaurants, and more.

Over 100,000 people come to the Greater Gulf State Fair every year. While it was created to serve of people of Lower Alabama, Lower Mississippi, and the Panhandle of Florida (thus the name) visitors are more than welcome to join in!

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Get Set for Ten Sixty Five Twenty Eighteen! – Mobile’s 1065 Music Festival

September 7, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

music festival Ten Sixty Five 2018Fall is just around the corner and with it comes Mobile’s free fall music festival, Ten Sixty Five 2018! The two-day festival is celebrating its 4th year with an emphasis on technology and the music of Mobile, AL. October 5th and 6th, 2018 in downtown Mobile.

Ten Sixty Five (Ten65 … 1065 … you decide) Music Festival is Mobile’s free, annual, laid back street party celebrating music, local art, and Downtown Mobile. 2018’s headliners include Walker Hayes, Wet Willie, Big Boi, and Mayer Hawthorne!

This year’s event has a new tagline: “Music Tech & Culture.” Gulf Coast Code Camp has partnered with Ten65 to join music and technology in a one of a kind event: Ten65Tech. The Ten65Tech mission is education, networking, and growing the local tech community. What a great new direction for the festival’s format to evolve in – exciting!

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Jubilee Festival of Arts 2018 – Art, Music, & Seafood!

August 24, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Jubilee Festival of Arts 2018The 30th aCome out to the nnual Jubilee Festival of Arts in Daphne, AL is an eastern shore celebration of art, music, and seafood! September 29th and 30th, 2018.

Come on out to the oak-lined Main Street of Olde Towne Daphne, AL and celebrate the culture of Mobile Bay’s eastern shore. The annual Jubilee Festival of Arts attracts thousands to the area each year and you’re invited!

Nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors from the community and region will be on hand and are the core of the festival. They’ll showcase the very best in both functional and decorative handcrafted items like jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture, wood, mixed media, and more.

Jubilee Festival of Arts also means lots of great food! Local food trucks, restaurants, and chefs will be out in force, offering their finest. Hamburgers, chicken wings, gourmet waffles, ice cream sundaes, kettle corn, and more.

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Mobile Medical Museum – 300 Years of Medical History

August 17, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Medical MuseumWhen you visit the Mobile Medical Museum, in Mobile, AL, you’ll see thousands of fascinating artifacts that will take you back through 300 years of medical history!

Mobile was at the center of Alabama’s early medical history and is home to many of the state’s medical firsts. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that Mobile would have sucha fascinating medical history museum.

The Mobile Medical Museum has an extensive collection of medical instruments and equipment, photographs, teaching materials, and letters from the early 1700s on. The over 5,000 artifacts, memorabilia, and archives represent the largest medical collection in the Southeast.

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Step Back In Time At the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

July 27, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile, ALThere are a number of restored, historic houses in Mobile but the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is the most spectacular Antebellum example in town. The mansion features double parlors, a lavish dining room, and grounds lush with live oaks and azaleas.

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is a 13,000 square foot, Greek Revival home, built in 1855 by Judge John Bragg. The mansion is located in the heart of Mobile’s Oakleigh Garden District. Judge Bragg and his family used the home for to enjoy Mobile’s social season, Thanksgiving through Mardi Gras.

The house remained in the Bragg family until 1880, then passed through a variety of hands before the last private owner purchased it in 1931. This final family occupied the Mansion until 1965. It is very much due to their efforts that the mansion became an icon of Mobile.

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Come To Mobile for Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2018!

July 20, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2018It’s almost time for Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2018, the 21st annual return of Mobile, AL’s popular, downtown beer fest! Now that the festival has reached legal drinking age, it’s bound to be more fun than ever before! 6pm to 9pm, August 25th, 2018.

Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2018 continues a long standing Mobile tradition that started back in 1997. Since that first festival, the beer fest has only increased in scope and popularity. The annual August event draws both visitors and residents to downtown Mobile from all around the region.

The festival takes place in downtown Mobile and is more of a pub-crawl than your typical stationary beer tasting. Attendees spend the evening sampling beers at a variety of downtown venues. More than 30 different Mobile restaurants and bars participate, with samples of more than 90 different beers available.

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Discover the Mobile-Tensaw Delta at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

June 22, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover the Mobile-Tensaw Delta at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is a great place to explore the natural wonder that is Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw Delta.

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is a fascinating place where five rivers come together into Mobile Bay. When the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee, and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay, it’s a collision of fresh and salt water. This mix of waters creates a rare environment for all manner of unique plants and animals.

The delta includes some 250,000 acres of scenic waterways, woods, and wetlands. This habitat supports over 500 types of plants, 126 species of fish, and more than 300 species of birds. 30 species of amphibians, 69 species of reptiles, and 40 species of mammals also call the delta home.

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is located in Spanish Fort, AL. The center encompasses over 81 acres of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta for you to explore in a variety of ways. There are trails to hike, places to picnic, and endless photo opportunities.

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Take A Walk Down Alabama’s Alligator Alley!

June 15, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Alligator Alley in Summerdale AlabamaIf you’re a fan of wildlife – or just want to see a prehistoric monster up close – then you’ll love Alligator Alley alligator farm, in Summerdale, AL!

Alabama’s Alligator Alley is home to more than 450 alligators, from hatchlings to mature adults. The farm was started as a rescue sanctuary for “nuisance” animals: alligators who had proven too aggressive or problematic for their own good. Rather than killing these magnificent animals, they were brought to Alligator Alley for a second chance at life.

Alligator Alley provides over 20 acres of natural cypress swamp habitat for their rescued gators. Alligators at the farm can feed, swim, sunbathe, mate, and nest, unmolested – and you can watch!

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You’ll “Dig” the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum

May 25, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

University of South Alabama Archaeology MuseumCome discover over 12,000 years of Gulf Coast history and prehistory at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum! Exhibits showcase artifacts from ancient Woodland cultures, mound-building Mississippian peoples, early French settlers, and archaeologists at work.

If you’ve a fascination for history – especially if you’re interested in how it’s studied and collected in the field, you’ll really “dig” the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum.

Many of the museum’s exhibits feature life-sized representations of how and where archaeologists work. You’ll also see the exciting local discoveries they’ve made. Exhibits reach as far back as 1000 BC to Alabama’s Woodland culture, and as far forward as post-Civil War Mobile.

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Catch Mobile BayBears’ 2018 Home Games!

May 11, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile BayBears 2018 ScheduleCome cheer on the Mobile BayBears on their home turf of Hank Aaron Stadium. The 2018 season offers plenty of opportunities with numerous home games here in Mobile, AL!

If you’re a baseball fan looking for some fun during your Mobile Bay getaway, look no further than Hank Aaron Stadium! The Mobile BayBears are part of the Southern League and a Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles: 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. The team was named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America in 1998 and 2011. More than 150 former BayBears players have reached the Major League, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton.

The BayBears home field, Hank Aaron Stadium, is right here in Mobile, just 10 minutes from Malaga Inn! The stadium offers a variety of daily promotions throughout the season.

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Explore the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

April 27, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Island Sea Lab EstuariumGet up close and personal with rays, crabs, turtles, lobsters and more when you explore the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium!

Come discover the secret worlds of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and the Gulf of Mexico. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium exhibits take you beneath Alabama’s coastal waves and  swamps. The Estuarium has more than 30 aquariums housing over 100 species!

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is the state of Alabama’s marine science research and education center. The facility has been conducting marine science research and education for over 40 years. Thanks to the Estuarium, you don’t have to be a marine scientist or student to experience this fascinating world.

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Discover the First Annual Mobile Cuban Festival 2018!

April 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Cuban Festival 2018Did you know Mobile, AL is a sister city to Havana, Cuba? It’s true! Come out to the first-ever Mobile Cuban Festival and learn more about Cuba, enjoy live music, food, and much more! May 5th, 2018, 10am to 5pm at the Mobile Museum of Art (MMofA).

Mobile, AL might not leap to mind when you think about the U.S. and Cuba – but maybe it should.

Mobile has been trading with Havana for over 315 years. Havana was Mobile’s biggest trading partner until the embargo. For many years, the two cities exchanged all manner of necessary goods: cotton, timber, paper, copper, salt, and more. Perhaps more surprising, Cuba’s love of baseball can be traced back to Mobile’s Spring Hill College.

150 years ago, two Cuban brothers returned to Havana after attending Mobile’s Spring Hill College and started Havana’s first baseball team. The rest, as I’m sure you know, is history.

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Visit a Mobile AL Brewery for Craft Beer Tastes and Tours

March 26, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit a Mobile AL Brewery for Craft Beer Tastes and ToursWhether you’re a craft beer enthusiast or just a locally-sourced food fan, you’ll be happy to know you can both sample and tour a Mobile AL brewery. The Mobile area has two breweries you can visit right now – with more on the way!

The craft beer brewing craze may seem like a fairly new thing but it’s really a return to a tradition. Back before prohibition, America, like the rest of the world sported a wide variety local and regional brewers. Tastes and traditions varied from state to state, town to town, brewer to brewer.

A return to many regional, small batch brewers enriches our country and makes travel that much more exciting. Craft brewers often offer limited and seasonal small-batch beers unavailable outside their tasting rooms. Most also have a limited distribution range, if any at all. This rarity makes the experience of visiting a craft brewery that much more memorable.

The Mobile AL brewery scene is small but growing.

Haint Blue Brewing Company ( www.haintbluebrew.com ) is building a brewery and taproom in Mobile’s historic Crystal Ice House. It’s located at 806 Monroe Street and should be open sometime soon. Until then, you can enjoy a visit, taste, and tour at these other Mobile AL breweries.

Visit a Mobile AL Brewery

Serda Brewingserdabrewing.com
600 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602
Serda Brewing is a Mobile AL brewery and bottling operation offering a comfortable pub style tap room with 4 taps for pints and growler fills. The brewery includes a beer garden, brewery tours, event space, onsite parking, and a food truck.

Fairhope Brewing Company www.fairhopebrewing.com
914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL 36532
Fairhope Brewing Company’s rustic taproom features locally made furniture and 15 taps. Bring in your own food or wait for one of their Food Truck Fridays. Tours are available every Saturday at noon and includes a logo pint glass filled with beer.

Come discover one of the excellent craft beer breweries near Mobile AL – you’ll be happy you did.

Mobile AL Lodging
Malaga Inn offers uncommonly comfortable lodging at our historic, downtown Mobile AL accommodations. Malaga Inn features free parking, wifi, and a wealth of comfy and stylish rooms to choose from. Book your stay at Malaga Inn today!

The 25th Annual Camellia Classic Car Show at Bellingrath Gardens

March 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Camellia Classic Car Show 2018 at Bellingrath GardensMobile Bay Mustang Club’s 25th Annual Camellia Classic Car Show at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is just weeks away! Come enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of hundreds of classic automobiles all in one beautiful place. Saturday, April 7th, 2018.

Shelby, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Ferrari, Corvette. If these names give you visions, shivers (or both) then you do not want to miss the 25th Annual Camellia Classic Car Show at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. The Camellia Classic is one of the Mobile area’s most popular and spectacular annual car shows.

Part of the reason the show is so incredibly popular is its location on Bellingrath Gardens’ Great Lawn. Mobile Bay Mustang Club holds the event here every year and why not?Sponsored by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, the Camellia Classic Car Show is held on the first Saturday of April each year. The combination of the meticulously groomed grounds and cars is truly stunning.

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The 2018 Mobile Downtown Cajun Cook-Off

February 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Downtown Cajun Cook-Off 2018If you like amazing Cajun food, save your appetite for the 2018 Downtown Cajun Cook-Off! The 4th annual return of this Cajun cooking festival promises delicious Cajun eats, live music, games, and giveaways. Saturday, March 24, 10am to 2pm, Mobile, AL.

Every Spring, Mobile’s Cathedral Square comes to life with the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off. The air will fill with the happy sounds of laughter, music, and the scent of delicious Cajun cuisine: green pepper, onion, celery, crawfish, shrimp, and andouille.

The Downtown Cajun Cook-Off was started in 2015 to replace the American Cancer Society Chili Cook-off after it outgrew Cathedral Square. Now in its fourth year, the Cajun Cook-Off continues to grow and is proving just as popular! More than 3500 people attended last year’s event and more are expected in 2018!

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Celebrate The Return Of Spring At Mobile Botanical Gardens

February 9, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Come Celebrate Spring At Mobile Botanical GardensCome celebrate the return of spring! Mobile Botanical Gardens’ annual “Plantasia!” Spring Plant Sale and Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers both help to set the stage every March. Come revel in the natural beauty and great plant deals this March in Mobile, AL.

It may be hard to believe but warmer weather really is on the way. Spring is always such a relief after months of colder, greyer weather. Nothing uplifts the spirits – or your house or yard – like beautifully flowering plants.

The Mobile area explodes with celebrations of spring every March. Not only does nature begin its greening in earnest, it’s also time for the Festival of Flowers and Plantasia, the Spring Plant Sale Mobile Botanical Gardens.

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A History Of Crime And Enforcement At The Mobile Police Museum

January 26, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Police MuseumIf you’re interested in the history of law enforcement from a variety of angles, you should definitely visit the Mobile Police Museum. The museum offers a fascinating collection of artifacts from over 180 years of Mobile law enforcement history.

Mobile, AL has lots of interesting things to do and see but one which you many overlook is the Mobile Police Museum. Granted, it is a small collection but despite this, the museum contains many interesting exhibits.

The Mobile Police Museum faces Cathedral Square, at the intersection of Dauphin and Claiborne Streets, just 3 blocks from Malaga Inn. The museum, also known as the Dauphin Street Police Museum, is pretty easy to find – just look for the police station. The museum is located in the lobby!

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Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler at Mobile Mardi Gras 2018!

January 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Mardi Gras 2018New Orleans tends to get a lot of the attention but Mobile, AL is where America’s Carvival celebrations really began. The first North American Mardi Gras was celebrated here in 1703 – that’s 15 years before New Orleans even existed! Come experience Mardi Gras on its home turf, February 9th through the 13th at Mobile Mardi Gras 2018!

Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world and has been for time out of mind. The event’s origins go all of the way back to proto-Roman celebrations of spring. Over the intervening centuries, the event has evolved, with medieval Catholicism changing Mardi Gras focus to the advent of Easter.

Mobile’s claim to the origin of North American Mardi Gras celebrations has decent historical support. In fact, there are Mobile Mardi Gras tours that outline the history of Mobile and the birth of America’s Mardi Gras traditions. The Mobile Mardi Gras Trail is Mobile’s only historical walking tour.

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MoonPie Over Mobile – Mobile New Year’s Eve 2017

December 10, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

MoonPie Over Mobile - Mobile New Year's Eve 2017When the moon hits your pie like a … wait a minute. A MoonPie? Up in the sky? Why – it must be MoonPie Over Mobile, the Mobile New Year’s Eve 2017 celebration!

That’s right: a MoonPie.

You know what I’m talking about: every year, the good people of Mobile, AL come together to watch as a giant, 600 pound, electric MoonPie drops down a pole and a new year is announced. That’s a Mobile New Year’s Eve in a nutshell (or a MoonPie wrapper).

For more details (like the inclusion of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic) read on!

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Brighten Your Holiday with Christmas Nights of Lights in Mobile!

December 8, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas Nights of Lights 2017

Come to Mobile and experience Christmas Nights of Lights: the most amazing drive-thru Christmas light show you will ever see! Now through January 1st, 2018 at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium.

Mobile’s annual Christmas Nights of Lights is a display of over 1 million LED lights that you can drive through in your car. The lights are programmed to dance, twinkle, and even “sing-along” in time to both new and traditional Christmas tunes by over 40,000 computer channels. Best of all, you can tune in to the music on your own car stereo!

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Don’t Miss Bellingrath Gardens Cascading Chrysanthemums!

November 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bellingrath Gardens Cascading Chrysanthemums 2017We can’t keep mum about Bellingrath Gardens Cascading Chrysanthemums – and neither will you once you’ve seen them! The annual outdoor fall show of of colorful, four-foot long chrysanthemum cascades is the largest in the nation and on now at Bellingrath Gardens. November 4th through November 22nd, 2017.

Bellingrath Gardens are always lush  but, during certain times of the year, the gardens are even more beautiful and noteworthy. Autumn and the return of Bellingrath Gardens Cascading Chrysanthemums is one of those times!

Bellingrath Gardens Cascading Chrysanthemums event involves hundreds of colorful, four-foot long cascades of chrysanthemums. These stunning, and colorful columns of mums are arrayed on bridges, balconies, and baskets all through the gardens. Flower beds overflow with thousands of mums in all the colors of autumn: yellow, red, bronze, lavender and white.

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Experience a Fort Gaines Christmas and WWII Living History Event

November 3, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Fort Gaines WWII Living History EventTwo special events are planned for this holiday season at Fort Gaines Historic Site on Dauphin Island. A WWII Living History Event on November 18th and the 34th Annual Christmas Through the Ages on December 9th, 2017.

Fort Gaines’ battlements have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay since 1862. It is considered one of the best preserved, 19th century shoreline fortifications on the east coast. A “Guardian of Mobile Bay,” Fort Gaines is part of the Mobile Bay Civil War Trail, which also includes Fort Morgan, Magee Farm, and Blakeley State Park.

Fort Gaines Historic Site is always good for a visit. Exploring the fortifications and learning about our country’s history can be especially fun and rewarding here. This is especially true when the fort is hosting one of its annual, special events.

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See The World at the 2017 Mobile International Festival!

October 20, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Mobile International FestivalYou don’t have to be a globetrotter to see the world – just come to Mobile, AL for the 2017 Mobile International Festival! The 34th annual return of this beloved event promises international food, drink, shopping, art, entertainment, and so much more. November 18th, 2017 at the Mobile Civic Center.

There’s nothing quite like the annual Mobile International Festival. Where else can you experience cultures from 70 nations all in one space?

The festival has been an opportunity to experience a broad array of cultural heritages right here in Mobile since 1983. Native Americans, long-time U.S. residents, and recent immigrants make up the nearly 2,000 volunteers who help make the festival reality every year.

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