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The cellophane wrapped sugar bomb hurtled toward us in the Alabama night. Jostling for position, I boxed out the 7 year old boy to my right, lunged in front of the grandmother to my left and snagged it out of the sky. Yes! In hand, my first Mobile Mardi Gras Moon Pie.

Mardi Gras as everyone in Alabama routinely reminds you originated not in New Orleans but in this charming city on Mobile Bay, in 1703 to be exact. And while not receiving the publicity of its sister city 140 miles to the west, it easily rivals New Orleans in intensity and fun. good quality replica bags is two weeks of parades, parties, beer, beads, Moon Pies and mayhem. But without the, um, excesses of the Big Easy.

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There are 38 parades over the two week period leading up to Ash Wednesday. And Mardi Gras celebrations in Alabama extend well beyond Mobile. Fairhope, the postcard pretty town across Mobile Bay, has its own parades, as do the beach towns farther south Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Each is about an hour’s drive from Mobile.

The wackiest Mobile parade might be the Joe Cain Procession. It takes place the Sunday before Fat Tuesday and is unlike anything in New Orleans or anywhere else. Cain was a Confederate veteran credited with relaunching after the Civil War. He would dress as a fictional Chickasaw Indian chief who stood up to Union forces. The locals ate it up and Cain became a legend. Each year, a local man portraying Cain leads the procession, known as the “people’s parade.” A replica bags china group of women dress up as the “merry widows of Joe Cain” who show up at his grave claiming to be his wife.

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“We prepare for Mardi Gras the way the rest of the country prepares for Christmas,” said Steve Joynt, publisher of Mobile Mask Magazine. “It’s really accessible for anyone who comes.”

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