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A Southern Bell Princess Passes By, Mobile, Alabama

The Magnolia Festival princesses are an honored tradition in Mobile, Alabama, harkening back to the southern bell days of plantation life. Festivals through the Spring and Summer are attended by local young women dressed in this flouncy hoop skirts of bright pastels in pinks, yellow, green, red, and purple. At a local festival, one of […]

Mardi Gras 2006 – The Comic Cowboys

Squished in the middle of several parades came the Mobile Comic Cowboys, a parade more in keeping with the more popular Mardi Gras theme in New Orleans, compared to the family style parades in Mobile, Alabama. The Comic Cowboys parade consists of trucks pulling flat bed trailers adored with costumed or plain clothes folks throwing […]

Mardi Gras 2006 – The Mystics of Time Ball Preparations

We arrived several hours early to get a good spot for the Saturday noon Floral Parade and Knights of Revelry, parades in Mobile, Alabama, that are mostly for kids, by kids, but still great fun. My father got into a key spot and I went inside the Mobile Civic Center to see what was happening […]

Mardi Gras 2006 – Mystic Stripers Parade

Wow! My dad really got into the Mardi Gras festivities here in Mobile, Alabama. We’ve done three parades now, the Conde Cavaliers, Polka Dots, and now the Mystic Stripers. He sorts through his beads, stuffed animals, and moon pie collection, eats all the moon pies and then whines that he’s got to go back to […]

Mardi Gras 2006 – Polka Dots Parade

With my father feeling a little more lively, we went with a friend to the all women’s parade called the Polka Dots Parade in Mobile, Alabama. Once again, I went into the Civic Center early to photograph the preparations for the Polka Dots Parade. The women were mostly in the ballroom having group photographs taken […]

Mardi Gras 2006 – Conde Cavaliers Ball

After the Conde Cavaliers Parade, the men returned to the Civic Center and climbed down from the floats, sweating and tired from all the bead and toy tossing to the crowds over the several mile course through downtown Mobile, Alabama. Many had taken their beer with them and were definitely in a fine mood upon […]

Mardi Gras 2006 – Conde Cavaliers Parade

My fun day with the Mobile, Alabama, Conde Cavaliers continued throughout the afternoon until late in the evening. At 6:30PM, the men paraded out of the Civic Center greeting the anxiously waiting and chilled crowd of well-wishers, fans, and family. Even before they got onto the floats, they were passing out beads, toys, and candies […]

Mardi Gras 2006 – Conde Cavaliers Prepare for Festivities

I was very lucky to be invited behind the scenes to the Mobile, Alabama, Conde Cavaliers Parade festivities. A men only parade, men ranging from 30 to 95 visit with old friends, drink too much beer, have too much fun, and don costumes, feathered and sequenced hats, and prepare for group photographs, the several mile […]

Mardi Gras 2006 in Mobile, Alabama, Gets Started

I’ve several hundred photographs to pour through, but here are the first to warm you up. My father and I were invited to spend the afternoon and evening with the Conde Cavaliers Mardi Gras Parade Crew with a friend. Everyone was gracious and welcoming to us newbies in the Mardi Gras world, and we had […]