Author: Tara Massouleh McCay

Tara Massouleh McCay is the travel and culture editor for Southern Living. She writes and edits print and digital stories about the big, beautiful, wonderfully diverse American South.


Mardi Gras is more than just a holiday in the South—it’s an entire season that runs from November through Ash Wednesday. It’s a way of life, and it’s something folks look

Fat Tuesday takes on a life of its own in Mobile, Alabama—the birthplace of the modern-day Carnival celebration.

Dragon Mardi Gras float at night

Downtown Mobile hosts more than 40 parades in the weeks preceding the holiday.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023 10:00 AM by Tara Massouleh McCay

The South unequivocally owns Mardi Gras. Between our over-the-top festivities in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama, everyone knows that if you want to properly celebrate Fat Tuesday, it’s