3/08/2011

Mardi Gras Mobile Al 2011

By the time this is automatically posted (about 6AM Fat Tuesday), Mardi Gras Mobile 2011 (mardi gras schedule) will start its final day with Fat Tuesday. This is the Mardi Gras day of all Mardi Gras days. Of course, few know this, but Mobile, AL is the oldest Mardi Gras since Mardi Gras was originally started in Mobile, AL. Most people assume it was started in New Orleans. Not so. New Orleans people will tell you that they have the biggest Mardi Gras. I can't argue that. But, not many New Orleans folks will argue when you bring up who started Mardi Gras.

Joe Cain is the man credited with reviving Mardi Gras in Mobile in 1866. Cain declared himself to be a Chickasaw chief named Slacabamorinico and rode a charcoal wagon through the streets as Union soldiers occupied the city. The rest, as the story goes, is history. Sunday was Joe Cain Day in Mobile AL. The crowds seem to be about average for a Mobile Mardi Gras. Last year many estimated the crowds were down by as much as 25%. It does seem to be better this year by all reports. That's good news for Mobile, AL merchants. Mardi Gras and Christmas are what most merchants live and die by each year.

Personally, I have no use for Mardi Gras. I have not gone to a parade since I was a kid. But, to each his own. I understand that many people do enjoy Mardi Gras. I just am not enamored with fighting crowds all day long and night. I also don't understand the logic of killing someone over a piece of rock candy that cost a penny. That has happened far more times than it should have in the past. Thus far, there have been no reports of deaths during this Mardi Gras season. Hopefully, this will continue for Mardi Gras Mobile AL 2011. Oh, we have the usual fights and pushing and shoving. You are going to have that when you have people consuming alcoholic beverages all day. Personally, I just don't see the fun in that any longer. But, that's just me. If you reading this post, I hope you have a pleasant, but safe Fat Tuesday to end Mardi Gras Mobile AL 2011.



6 comments:

hi this is out of the topic but you said that you automatically posted this articles of yours...Ive always wanted to do it also in my blog but I end up manually posting because it didn't work ...

air, if you go to the bottom of NEW POST, you will see posting options. You can schedule your post to be posted at whatever time you choose. Very easy to do.

Nice blog! I did know that the Mardi Gras started in AL. I lived in Gretna LA back in the 70's and 80's and I still have my original Mardi Gras beads when they were still made of glass and doubloons from back in the early 60's. I am reviewing your site on LR. Happy blogging!
Doddee

You know, till this day base on what I saw on TV and internet I still have the thinking that Mardi Gras are for wild guys and girls showing off their private parts. Haha!

Doddee, thanks for ACKNOWLEDGING what all of us Mobilians have always said...WE STARTED MARDI GRAS!!!! ;-) Thanks for coming by, Doddee!

Losty, you aren't far from being completely right on the mark. Lots of girls in New Orleans and in Mobile, the cry, "SHOW US YOUR TITS" is heard every day! Amazingly, the women gladly do it. Amazing. Actually, some should keep their tops ON. Thanks for coming by.

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