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Let the good times roll

Mobile, Alabama

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This is a city in the Deep South that caters to all types of people. Young and old alike have plenty to do in this charming place I like to call home.  I’ve watched this place grow for the last fifty years and like all other cities and towns across the U. S.  it has its setbacks and shortcomings.  Now…having said that let me just say  Happy Mardi Gras!

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Yes, it’s that time of year again and I invite you to visit our fair City anytime during the next five weeks.

In case you do not know or if you have been misled…Mardi Gras began in Mobile, Alabama in 1703, fifteen years before New Orleans was founded.

Legends have it that Joe Cain was the one person to bring the Mardi Gras celebrations back to Mobile after having it cancelled during the American Civil War.

But all that was changed when Joe Cain paraded the streets of Mobile on Fat Tuesday in 1866.

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Dressed as a fictional Chickasaw chief named Slacabamorinico (“slaka-BAM orin-ah-CO”), Joe Cain made a statement that day as he paraded the streets in his costume, being that of a native skirt and feathered headdress; giving a reported ‘slap in the face’ as an insult to the then occupying Union Army troops, signifying that the Chickasaw had never been defeated in war. More records prove that this not only revived Carnival with Mardi Gras in Mobile, but it later found Cain joined by other Confederate veterans to parade that following year; some including Thomas Burke, Rutledge Parham, John Payne, John Bohanan, Barney O’Rourke, and John Maguire accompanied Joe Cain as “Old Slac”- (Wikipedia). Their joining together formed a group, and soon became the “Lost Cause Minstrels” of Mobile. And like people say: ‘The rest is history’!

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We have our own Joe Cain day the Sunday before the Fat Tuesday festivities.  You can watch Ole Joe’s merry widows fight over who he loved the most in the old cemetery where Joe is buried.

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The beauty of Mobile is that our celebrations are family friendly. We are known for our colorful floats, moonpies, trinkets and beads but we pride ourselves on the fact that there are less “incidents” during this time of year than our sister city; New Orleans.

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With our beautiful street lined majestic oak trees with moss hanging low, our sometimes mild winters and slow southern style, you will love our carnival season.  I’m sure if you ever were to visit once, you would come again year after year.

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So dear friends…find us on the map and make your plans to visit with us during this season.

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Happy Mardi Gras y’all!

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This post is in response to the  Writing Challenge: Map It Out.

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