MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — There are officially 90 days until it’s most Mobilian’s favorite time of year, Mardi Gras. WKRG News 5 brings you nine facts to know before your multi-week Mardi Gras celebration.
Fat Tuesday, or “Mardi Gras,” is scheduled to take place on February 21, 2023. Mardi Gras is known for being Carnival season and a huge celebration with parades and dancing every year.
Home of Mardi Gras
The people of New Orleans might dispute the claim, but Mobilians take pride in the fact that Mobile was the original home of the Mardi Gras celebration. The first Mardi Gras was held in 1703 in Mobile when it was the capital of Louisiana, according to History.com.
In 2022 Mobile created and filmed their first Mardi Gras song. Mobile native Jabel Hendrix wrote the song “Get Down” as a tribute to the Mardi Gras season. The video was filmed on the streets of downtown Mobile.
RV City will remain open through the 2023 Mardi Gras season. RV Park, located under the I-10 bridge, is a popular spot during the season. Since 2018, it has been a question whether it will survive for the following year. Mobile city officials confirmed in September that the park will be open in 2023.
Joe Cain Day
Joe Cain Day is celebrated on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday each year. The day is meant to commemorate the founder of Mardi Gras, Joe Cain. His “widows” weep at his grave before filing to his house.
Parade Schedule 2023
The first parade of the 2023 season will take place on Saturday, January 21 on Dauphin Island. The last parade will take place on the night of Fat Tuesday with the Order of Myths.
Joy of Life Mardi Gras Ball
The Joy of Life will hold its 9th Annual Ball to benefit St. Jude Hospital on January 28, 2023. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Hospital for Children. You can buy tickets on the Joy of Life website.
Mobile Carnival Museum
The Mobile Carnival Museum located on Government Boulevard features “14 galleries, video presentations, a pictorial hall and an interactive floating area, all in a restored historic mansion,” according to Mobile.org.
Mardi Gras King Cake
A stable for all who celebrate Mardi Gras, king cake is an essential dessert at any dance or celebration during Mardi Gras. In 1870, the King Cake was first brought to the US from France, based on the King Cake festival in New Orleans.
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