Last night was the Mobile, Alabama parade put on by the Order of Inca.
It was a beautiful parade with a movie and television theme with the likes of Captain Kangaroo and John Wayne making appearances.
Sometimes I like to pick a favorite spot and shoot every parade from there but following a parade route is also a good way to get to know a place so I have been enjoying seeing Mobile from inside the parade barricades.
As a parade photographer it is often a bitter-sweet feeling when the last parade of the evening comes to an end but parades in Mobile are a bit of an oddity. I had been following the tail of the parade to see more of the city and came to a nice, well lit area where I stopped and let the parade pass.
The parade goers weren’t dispersing as I would have expected and so I chatted with some of the folks who had attended the parade. After a few minutes I looked back the direction the parade had come from and I had to ask, “Is there another parade coming?” To my surprise they pointed to the direction the parade had gone and said, “No, it’s coming back!”
Indeed the parade soon returned casting loads more throws upon the waiting crowds! This guaranteed that those on each side of the parade route got to see both sides of the floats and of the bands so there really was no wrong side if you wanted to catch a photo of your child or friend marching in the parade or if you simply wanted to get a double portion of moon pies and other trinkets!
After the parade I wandered through the Radisson on my way back to my car. It is one of the buildings in Mobile that has the beautiful light display at night and neat architecture. I had sat in their courtyard and worked on an article earlier in the day.
In the Radisson there was a military ball going on and I stopped and chatted with folks before heading over the skybridge to the convention center and on to my car.
I heard a band playing up the corridor in the convention center and had to wander down the hallway and see what was up. I peeked in and chatted with the fellows at the door to find out what was happening. The Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association was holding their Junior Monarch Court Ball. I thanked them for the information and then asked if there was an Applebees in Mobile. The reply was that there was one out towards the airport but they had plenty of food and I should just go in and help myself.
I LOVE Southern hospitality! I also love the Barbecued chicken wings from the Backyard Cafe! I had just read about the place earlier and now had the pleasure of tasting it first hand (such an appropriate phrase as my fingers were coated with the delicious sauce and it took three napkins to get my beard somewhat presentable.)
Before I left there was a group forming in the lobby area for a photo and what photographer worth his digits would pass up the opportunity to catch a pic of the lovely Delteens? The Delteens are a mentoring group that is sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is celebrating its 100th year. Keep up the good work and may you celebrate success for centuries to come!
After the Delteens posed for pics, the gentlemen of the Kappa League stopped by for a session. They weren’t as informative as the ladies but were a pleasure to chat with. Today there are many more parades on the way and Mardi Gras is still more than a week away.
Happy Mardi Gras from Mobile, Alabama, the Birthplace of America’s Mardi Gras!
For more photos from Mardi Gras in Mobile, New Orleans and other fun pics check out The Weird Review’s 2013 event albums!