New Orleans tends to get a lot of the attention but Mobile, AL is where America’s Carnival 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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