Mardi Gras 2017 is in full swing!

Mardi Gras fun on Dauphin IslandMardi Gras fun on Dauphin Island

Mardi Gras is in full swing all along the Gulf Coast with Mardi Gras Balls, Parades, and other celebrations happening from Pensacola to Galveston and beyond!

The dropping of the Moon Pie over Mobile

The dropping of the Moon Pie over Mobile

The Mardi Gras celebrations begin with the dropping of the Moon Pie in Mobile, Alabama at 12 a.m. on January first.

 

Mardi Gras fun on Dauphin Island

Mardi Gras fun on Dauphin Island

The first parade of the season rolled on Dauphin Island, Alabama on January 28th and a second on on February 4th, 2017.

Mardi Gras is now in full swing along  the Gulf Coast with parades every weekend in Mobile and New Orleans Mardi Gras will be starting up in earnest this weekend.

Mardi Gras in Hattiesburg, MS surrounds the U of Southern Mississippi's campus with celebration!

Mardi Gras in Hattiesburg, MS surrounds the U of Southern Mississippi’s campus with celebration!

 

After shooting the Dauphin Island parades one of the Old  Biloxi Marching Club krewe gave an invite to the Mardi Gras Ball of Les Badineurs.

Tinkerbell at the Les Badineurs ball

Tinkerbell at the Les Badineurs ball

While there were official programs handed out, this years theme appeared to be “Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.”

Were there bunnies in the original Peter Pan?

Were there bunnies in the original Peter Pan?

As Mardi Gras Masquerades go, this one was a bit hit with the audience and at times folds did go bananas.

Going bananas with Les Badineurs

Going bananas with Les Badineurs

For more photos from Mardi Gras 2017 check out our photo albums.

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