Are you looking for a fun and unique winter escape? Consider planning a trip to the Mobile, Alabama Gulf Cost during Mardi Gras for a chance to get away from your usual routine and enjoy a season filled with parades, entertainment, tasty food, southern hospitality and more.
Enjoy Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama
While New Orleans is quite well-known for its large Mardi Gras celebrations, Mardi Gras has also long been a tradition in Mobile – and its one that’s extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. As a matter of fact, the original Mardi Gras was held in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. If you’re ready to experience Mardi Gras for yourself, planning a trip to Mobile during the festivities is an ideal way to find out what it’s all about.
Scheduling Your Mardi Gras Getaway
The first thing you need to know about Mardi Gras is that its dates change every year. The Mardi Gras season culminates on Fat Tuesday, which is always the day before Ash Wednesday. Parades and other celebrations that are open to the public are held for several weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday.
What does this mean for you? Before you plan a trip, make sure to verify exactly when Mardi Gras falls the year you are planning to travel and find out what activities are going on during the dates you are thinking about traveling.
2012 Mardi Gras Dates
As a point of reference, Fat Tuesday 2012 is February 21. Sometimes “the big day” is earlier and sometimes it’s later. For 2012, he nearby beach community of Dauphin Island, Alabama will host a parade on each of the last two Saturdays in January, with parade activities beginning in the city of Mobile on February 3. The frequency of parades increases as the season progresses closer to Fat Tuesday.
Keeping Up with Mardi Gras Dates
Fortunately, it’s easy to keep up with Mardi Gras dates and seasonal activities via the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau website. Simply view the Visitor’s Mardi Gras Schedule to find out when the next Fat Tuesday will be held, along with parade schedules and routes for the season.
Ready to Plan a Trip to Mobile for Mardi Gras?
Most of the major Mardi Gras parades are in Downtown Mobile. There are a number of hotels directly on the parade route, or located just a few blocks away. You can view a list of downtown hotels at DowntownMobile.org. These hotels book quickly during Mardi Gras by visitors to the area as well as by locals who choose to stay downtown for part of the season.
There are numerous hotels in other parts of the city, as well as in nearby Daphne, Alabama – just a short drive from downtown across Mobile Bay. It’s best to make your travel plans early to find the best accommodation options.