For many folks when Mardi Gras is mentioned thoughts immediately go to New Orleans but the truth is there is a belt of Mardi Gras celebration from Orlando, Florida to Galveston, Texas. In Florida, Universal Studios has two months of Mardi Gras starting February third, Pensacola is already busy with Mardi Gras events. Check out the article on the Krewe of Blues Pin and Bead Swap.
Mobile, Alabama starts the year with their Mardi Gras event MoonPie over Mobile on New Year’s Eve where they drop a sign in the shape of a MoonPie instead of a ball to announce the new year.
In Biloxi, Mississippi on Twelfth Night they celebrate the close of the Christmas season and the opening of the Mardi Gras season. They turn off the Christmas lights at lighthouse and then have a musical procession with floats down to the Mardi Gras Museum. There they light the Carnival lights and kick off the party with King Cake, gumbo, red beans and rice and other Mardi Gras musts!
Aaron Robbins has joined the staff and is taking up the slack in video, photography and writing that has resulted from my being hit by a Republic garbage truck back in September. He is also shooting a series of child oriented videos of King John as he looks at more child friendly aspects and locations of Mardi Gras. Special thanks to the folks at Theatricks for making King John’s crown.
Rebecca Giddens joined us during Wizard World in New Orleans and is bringing a new excitement to our Krewe of Weird.
Over the upcoming weeks join Aaron Robbins, Rebecca Giddens and me, John N. Collins, as we attend Mardi Gras events, parades and take a look at other fun things to do when you visit in the Mardi Gras belt throughout the year.