While New Orleans takes the cake (King Cake that is) for Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, there are several popular Mardi Gras celebrations in other southeastern cities as well, each with its own unique traditions and variations. For great Mardi Gras parades, revelry and crazy fun, the following celebrations offer an array of choices with everything from family friendly celebrations to some that are best enjoyed by adults only. Also see: When is Mardi Gras?
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America's Family Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama - Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of the Mobile Bay CVB
The first known American Mardi Gras celebration took place in Mobile, Alabama in the year 1703. Today Mobile's celebrations, unlike many celebrations in other cities, are family friendly with fun for all ages. The celebrations continue for weeks featuring many unique Mardi Gras parades in downtown Mobile Bay and on Dauphin Island. Spectators come from near and far, each hoping to catch some trinkets, beads, candy or moon pies. The festivities culminate on the Monday and Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
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Mardi Gras on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB
Pink Flamingos featured in Spanish Town's Mardi Gras Parade, echo the community's affinity for them.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana celebrates Mardi Gras with several nighttime and daytime parades, including one for the dogs.
There is also an annual Mardi Gras Mambo 10K Run. One of the most unique Baton Rouge parades, the Spanish Town Parade, features pink flamingos, a decorated Lawnmower Brigade and much more in the city's oldest and possibly quirkiest neighborhood.
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Whether planning a Mardi Gras vacation, getaway, day-trip, staycation or welcoming visitors to enjoy the festivities at a nearby celebration, these festive Mardi Gras accessories, costumes and supplies will help add to the Mardi Gras spirit and fun. Also Party Decorations and Supplies