Guide To Gulf Shores Mardi Gras

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Here's your handy guide to Gulf Shores Mardi Gras and how to laissez ruler les bon temps while you relax on the beach. Our beautiful and historic gulf coast has been high stepping to parades and balls and this party beat even since a man named Joe Cain dressed up as fictional Cherokee Indian Chief Slacabamorinoco and made it do what it do through our streets during the Union occupation of the Civil War.  We love any reason for a fancy dress affair and we live life in the spirit of Mardi Gras all year round.  Just take a look at how we'll let the good times roll again this year.

Have a ball when you attend this Ball. Lulu's Birds of Paradise Annual Mardi Gras Ball will be February 27, 2019, from 7-10 p.m. In addition to a grand buffet and open bar, there'll be dancing, music and revelry. Pile on lots of green, gold and purple.  These are the colors of Mardi Gras season.

March 01, 2019, the Mytical order of Mirams Mardi Gras Parade begins on Perdido Beacch Boulevard at 6:30 p.m.  The parade will span from the traffic signal east of Phoenix West to the intersection of Highway 161 at Perdido Beach Boulevard.

On March 2, 2019, line up for beads along the route of the Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade.  It also begins at the traffic light east of Phoenix West and ends at Highway 161.  The Mystics Krewe is credited as Pleasure Island's first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society.

Coming up on March 4, 2019, The Wharf shows out with its Moon Pies On Main Parades.  The celebration kicks off with the Kid and Pet Parade at 4 p.m. right in front of the Ferris Wheel.  Your children can enjoy lots of fun activities to include a rock climbing wall, face painting, a bouncy house and live animal pettings.  The nighttime float parade begins at 6 p.m. with lots of beads and candy being thrown, too.  After the parade, things really light up with the SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular show.

The Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade steps off on Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10 a.m.. Catch your beads along this route from West 19th street to Highway 59 and on to the public beach. The Pleasure Island Players are the oldest parading order in Baldwin County.

Also on Fat Tuesday, Match 5, 2019, the Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. There's no conflict with the Gulf Shores parade since they're scheduled at different times.  The route once again traces the same Perdido Beach Boulevard route of the Mirams and the Mystics.

Never to be outdone, Lulu's will celebrate their 20th Anniversary Fat Tuesday event with a Mardi Gras Boat Parade.  There'll be lots of live music, a birthday cake and lots more festive fun all starting at 11 a.m.

Mardi Gras is a feeling as much as a parade and that means you'll want to enjoy the colors and the traditions and the foods at your Relax On The Beach vacation rental, too.  Treat your family to lots of specialty treats courtesy of our very talented local shops and bakeries.  

Rouses Markets bake and sell a fine selection of king cakes.  The king cake commemorates the Ephphany and they're designed in the Mardi Gras colors. For instance. purple is for justice, green is for faith and gold symbolizes power.  Just temember, a tiny plastic baby (symbolizing Christ) is hidden within the king cake.  If you get the baby in your slice it means you have to bring a king cake to the next get together you attend.

Our friends at Hope's Bakery creates a limited run of their specialty king cakes, so remember to get your order in early in the season. You can choose from such groovy flavors as berry, pecan praline, and chocolate Bavarian in addition to the traditional cream cheese king cakes.

Moonpies are also local favorites, so be sure to snag your share along with lots of beads at each of the parades.

Mardi Gras is always a family friendly time in Gulf Shores, so do plan to enjoy it with us.  You now have this handy guide to our Gulf Shores Mardi Gras and, as always, you can reserve your beautiful beach house, cottage or condo right on our website.  Come on down and laissez ruler les bon temps while you Relax On The Beach!

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