Mardi Gras originated in 1703, 15 years before moving to New Orleans. Modern Mardi Gras revolved back around to Mobile from New Orleans around 1833 with the first association, the Cowbellions. Nowadays, you can expect three full weeks of celebration for this holiday including time off from work and school to join the party. Balls, associations, elaborate floats, and parades are just a few ways that you can join in on the fun of this Mobile holiday.
The biggest difference you'll find between Mobile’s Carnival and others’ is that Mobile Mardi Gras tends to be more family-friendly. While there is plenty of adult fun to be had, it doesn’t get as out of hand here as it can, elsewhere. Visitors to Mobile can also learn more about the history of Mardi Gras at the Mobile Carnival Museum. The museum features 14 gallery rooms with documents and displays covering 300 years of Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations including a pictorial hallway, theater, social gathering area, and a gift shop. Make sure not to leave empty-handed. Stop by Mobile's MoonPie store to taste Mardi Gras’ most popular and iconic throw!