After shooting eight New Orleans Mardi Parades and posting over 2,500 Mardi Gras parade photos Monday was looking to be a day to rest. Monday, however, was a total zoo in New Orleans with news media descending on the city like buzzards on roadkill.
With the city of New Orleans bent over backwards to accommodate the NFL to the extent that the Mardi Gras schedule had moved all Mardi Gras parades from Uptown and the French Quarter to other times, it seemed a good time to check out Mardi Gras parades elsewhere for those not fortunate enough to have tickets to the big game.
While to many, New Orleans is synonymous with Mardi Gras, Mobile, Alabama claims the title of “Birthplace of Mardi Gras” in America.
As far back as 1699 the first European settlers, led by Pierre Le Moyne, named their encampment “Pointe Du Mardi Gras” and folks in Mobile point to that as the first Mardi Gras celebration in the United States of America.
While naming the camp Mardi Gras Point may have been the birth of Mardi Gras on this continent, the first recorded Mardi Gras celebration wasn’t until 1703 at Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff, in Mobile, Alabama.
At that time the formation of the United States of America was decades away and so it really can’t be considered the first Mardi Gras celebration in the US but has a greater prestige being older than the United States itself.
While the folks from Mobile are happy to let New Orleans claim to be home to the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the US, they are not slackers here and more than compete with New Orleans in terms of the number of Mardi Gras parades and boast further that they are the home of Mardi Gras for the whole family.
Mobile’s first Mardi Gras parade of the year, Krewe de la Dauphine, rolled on January 12, 2013 and last night, January 31, 2013, the Order of Polka Dots, an all female Krewe, rolled on the streets of Mobile.
For the Mardi Gras parade lover such as “Big Daddy” Furst, that is disappointed that the NFL superseded Mardi Gras in New Orleans this weekend, come home to Mama Mardi Gras in Mobile. Tonight the Order of Inca will roll at 6:30 and over forty parades will continue to roll through to Mardi Gras day, every day except for Wednesday February 5th.
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