Mardi Gras in Mobile
Today is Lundi Gras (a/k/a Fat Monday), the day before Mardi Gras (a/k/a Fat Tuesday) in Mobile. This is the day that King Felix arrives by boat at the foot of Government Street and holds his parade with the Knights of Revelry. The King and Knights are a bunch of young men, primarily in college, who imbibe greatly and rev up for the biggest of all parties tomorrow. On Lundi Gras, the Floral Parade follows the King's Parade. I believe the riders in the Floral Parade are made up of children of the members of various parading societies who make up the Mardi Gras Association of Mobile.
Few people realize that Mardi Gras in America originated in Mobile. The parading societies here helped establish many of those in New Orleans. "Throws" are the items thrown by the float riders. Of course, Mobile has beads, stuffed animals, doubloons, and candy, but the number one item everyone wants at a Mobile Mardi Gras parade is MOON PIES. You'll hear the chant, "Throw me a moon pie, Mister!"
If you like a big party, New Orleans is probably the place to go; but if you like a fun celebration, a little lower key and more family friendly, then Mobile is the place to go. Whether Mobile or New Orleans "Laissez les bon ton roulet," which is Cajun French for "Let the good times roll!"