heading home…


by martha

my family and i are heading home this weekend for my favorite holiday, mardi gras. ever since i was little i have loved this holiday. the floats, the pageantry, the candy, it is a special time. now that i’m older i still love it just for different reasons.  going home for mardi gras allows me to  see my parents and reconnect with friends. and who can turn away a good moon pie and dancing to a marching band along the streets of mobile? not me!

for weeks, the streets of downtown mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliant-colored floats and of course the crowds of parade goers that is mardi gras in mobile. this picture of my daughter shows all the beads that she caught. what’s not to love?

mardi gras originated in mobile. its history dates back to 1703. over the centuries it has of course evolved. now it includes a month of parades, balls, and all kinds of frivolity leading up to ash wednesday.

the oldest parading society in mobile is the order of myths (oom), founded in 1867. each year the oom’s host  a sunday afternoon cocktail party. everyone is dressed in their finest, the cocktails are flowing and a canoe filled with shrimp (yes a canoe). i love mardi gras

Laissez les bon temps rouler


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