Historic Markers Across Alabama

Mobile's First Mardi Gras Parade

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: at the intersection of Royal St and Government St, Mobile, AL
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 30° 41.409    W 088° 02.406
  30.69015    -88.0401
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMTWPB


Mobile's First
Mardi Gras Parade

On Shrove Tuesday, February 25, 1868, the Order of Myths gathered at this intersection shortly after 8 p.m. and began its first parade. The procession traveled west on Government, north on Warren east on Dauphin, north on Joachim west on State, south on Claiborne east on St. Louis, and south on St. Joseph to St. Michael and Temperance Hall, where the OOM ball was held. The parade included four open wagons, each depicting a scene from Lala Rookh, the Thomas Moore romance set in Persia: Lalla Rookh and her maids: the veiled prophet Mokanna and his followers: Hafed and a band of fire worshippers and the caliph. Al Hassan. and his suite. On horseback, between each wagon, rode groups of OOM members dressed as Persian warriors.

Alabama Historical Association 2017


The marker notes a date of 2016, it was dedicated on January 6, 2017.

End of Mobile's First Mardi Gras Parade