Originated in 1703, Mobile is THE birthplace of America's original Mardi Gras.

Joe Cain is the man. He brought Mardi Gras back to life after the Civil War by leading an impromptu parade down the streets of Mobile. And, we've been doing it ever since.  He has a whole day dedicated to him during Mardi Gras. {We'll come back to this at the end of this post}

From February 7- 25, over 40 parades will roll throughout the streets of Downtown Mobile.

Mardi Gras Day, held this year on February 25, is most often referred to as Fat Tuesday.

Joe Cain Day, held this year on February 23, is when Mobillians come alive in a way you need to see to believe. It's a day where families, friends and everyone in between are downtown to celebrate what our hero, Joe Cain started all those years ago. Mobillians feel incredibly lucky to have Mardi Gras and on Joe Cain Sunday, you can feel it in your bones.

You can never wear too many beads around your neck. Consider this a challenge.

Visiting the Mobile Carnival Museum during Mardi Gras is a must. 

King Cakes are a special part of the Mobile Mardi Gras tradition. Our friends at the Mobile Mask describe it more like a brioche than an actual cake, with the perfect amount of cinnamon. Watch out before you bite into a King Cake, there may be a coin, token or a tiny baby in your piece. If you get it, the next King Cake is on you!  We are lucky to have them in many forms including cake balls, cocktails (yes, we said cocktails) ice cream, and so much more

MoonPies are the most coveted catch. They fly fast and taste like soft, marshmallow heaven.   They come in all shapes, sizes, flavors and taste exceptional when heated up in the microwave for 10 seconds!

Mobile Mardi Gras is fun but there just a couple of rules you'll need to follow:

  2. Do not throw anything at the floats.
  3. Do not ignore the 'No Parking' signs.