Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! This week I’m taking you to Mobile for Mardi Gras. We were there last week, and I took you on a photo walk through one of the historical areas of downtown Mobile. This week, I actually have photos from a parade that we attended.
Not many people know this, but the American celebration of Mardi Gras started in Mobile – not New Orleans. In all the years I’ve been here in the South, I’ve never been to a parade in Mobile. My girlfriends and I decided that it was time for us to remedy that situation, so Sweet Husband acted as our guide and chaperone.
Mobile is a beautiful city – or at least where we were was beautiful. I’m sure that like any other city, she has her issues. I’m not sure what we expected from Mobile parades – perhaps New Orleans Mardi Gras-style parades. That wasn’t really what we got. Which is OK; we’ve been to small parades where the floats are essentially just trailers with people riding on the back of them and really had a great time. The Mobile parades were an interesting mix of the two styles. Perhaps it was where we were standing, but we really didn’t get too much in the way of throws, which is really why you go to a Mardi Gras parade – to get the throws.
Notice – no throws. It makes you cranky when you wait in the cold and the folks on the floats are not throwing (part of why we really don’t like Endymion in New Orleans, but that is another story all together). The parades that we attended in Mobile were a really odd mix of New Orleans-style and decorate-your-trailer-and-come-on, with the New Orleans-style at the beginning of the parade (maybe the first 10 minutes or so) followed by 20-30 minutes of wondering what in the heck you were watching.
There was a representation of the Native American tribe for which Mobile is named (not Mardi Gras Indians…if you’ve watched Treme, Mardi Gras Indians are a big thing), and of course, a King and Queen.
From that point on, it was floats and bands and oddities. We love a bit of oddity, so it was all good.
What do you want to bet that that water bottle hanging from the old dude’s neck is filled with booze that he’s been sipping on all day long? I think that’s probably a good bet.
That was about the last float where the riders were actually throwing beads. After that the floats were really about blaring music and watching the riders dance.
She was totally breaking it down and having an awesome time, while her friend below was just chillin’.
Notice that he has beads…but he wasn’t throwing them. I think we came home with no more than 50 strings of beads among the four of us…which is kind of ridiculous for two different parades.
We had a great time in Mobile, particularly due to our company. I think if our expectations had been different, we wouldn’t have been disappointed in the parades we attended. We decided that we will be more than happy to head to New Orleans from here on out…which we will be doing this weekend so I can’t wait to bring you those photos!
Happy Mardi Gras y’all! I hope you’ve had a good week and are planning for a great weekend!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to the One Year Anniversary of the Photo Friday link-up! I can’t believe that you all have been supporting this wonderful community for the last year, and I can’t believe our growth. Thank y’all for growing with me. To celebrate the one year anniversary of the link-up, I have a give-away for you to say thanks. This place wouldn’t be with it is without you.
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(so sorry – it starts at 12:00 a.m. on Friday February 5th)
For last week’s link-up, we had a tie for our most viewed link! (& last week, we had the most clicks ever!) Y’all really enjoyed Mersad‘s post about the Top 10 Things to Do in Vienna and Ruth‘s post about her Sunday drive.
Our last added link came from Cath@Home. If you missed her post – or any of the others that came towards the end of the link-up – consider swinging by and taking a gander. There is always some gorgeous photography at the tail end of the link-up.
As always, thank you so much for your support – for sharing posts, for commenting, for encouraging each other. I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week!