Alabama Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras Prades
Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade
Date/Time: Fat Tuesday, Feb 28th, 2pm – 3pm
Location: Begins at Wintzell’s – ends at Hwy 161
The Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade started way back when as a loose confederation of groups, large and small, that wanted to parade by the beach. About 10 years ago, the city of Orange Beach stepped in and took over the planning of the parade. It’s still open to participation by just about anybody, even groups from outside of Orange Beach. There’s normally about 55 units in the Fat Tuesday afternoon parade, and about 30,000 people gather along the two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard to stand in the rain of throws.
Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade
Dates/Time: Fat Tuesday, Feb 28th, 10am – 11am
Location: Begins at Hwy 59 at Clubhouse Dr. – ends at Main Beach Gulf Shores
The City of Gulf Shores is excited to continue its expanded role as lead organizers for the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade. This history of the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade dates back to 1978 when a group of locals decided Gulf Shores needed a parade. Those locals formed the Pleasure Island Players and thus Mardi Gras began in Gulf Shores. A year later the Mystic Order of Shiners joined the Pleasure Island Players to become what is now the oldest parading order in Baldwin County.