In Mobile, Alabama campers have started rolling in to form what Mobilians call RV city. For about 2 weeks, 195 RV’s will fill this make-shift city to take part in one of the biggest street parties in America….Mardi Gras!
Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to the "America's Family Mardi Gras" delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation. This magnificent celebration lasts for over two and a half weeks and culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent.
For weeks, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliant-colored floats and of course overflowing crowds of parade goers. The floats are glowing phenomenon’s manned by masked riders festooned in satin and sequins, and armed with crowd-pleasing "throws" such as beads, moon pies, doubloons and candy. Mardi Gras must be experienced to be fully understood and Mobile is the perfect place.
For a more in depth look at the history of Mardi Gras visit here.