Mobile Mardi Gras Timeline

1703– Mardi Gras observed for the first time in the New World by French pioneers at Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff, the first settlement of Mobile.
1711– Carnival is born in present site as residents join in song, food and dance. Papiér-maché bull, in honor of Boeuf Gras (another name for Mardi Gras), is pulled down Dauphin Street in what is believed to have been the first carnival “parade” in North America .
1830– Michael Kraft wakes up the mayor on New Year’s Eve with rakes and hoes and cowbells, forming the Cowbellian de Rakin Society: the first masked parading society in America.
1840– Cowbellians introduce horse-drawn floats in a parade entitled, “Heathen Gods and Goddesses.”
1842– Striker’s Independent Society formed. Paraded for over fifty years. The oldest remaining mystic society in America.
1862/1865– Carnival is cancelled during the War of Northern Agression.
1866– Joe Cain revives Mardi Gras after the War by costuming as undefeated Chief of the Chickasaw Indians, “Old Slacabamorinico”, and leading the Lost Cause Minstrels in a procession through the City in defiance of occupying Union troops.
1867– Oldest continuous parading society founded: Order of Myths.
1868– First Order of Myths Parade on Mardi Gras night.
1868– Infant Mystics become second society to parade on Mardi Gras night and later moved to Lundi Gras (Fat Monday).
1872– First Royal Court is reigned over by Daniel E. Huger, first king of Carnival, styled as Emperor Felix I. The Mobile Carnival Association is organized.
1874– Knights of Revelry established, parading on Mardi Gras Day.
1875– Alabama legislature declares Shrove Tuesday a holiday in Mobile. The public is encouraged to close down business and to mask.
1884– Comic Cowboys of Wragg Swamp are established, along with their mission of satire and free expression.
1889– First Empress of Mardi Gras reigns as queen and is chosen as consort for Felix.
1890– First Jewish mystic society, The Continental Mystic Crew, is founded.
1893– Mobile Carnival Association reorganized.
1894– Order of Doves, believed to be the first Black mystic society in Mobile, is formed.
1898– Mobile Carnival Association is charged with entertaining the public and protecting the populace.
1902– Masks are prohibited from public use.
1917-1918 Carnival cancelled because of World War I.
1920– Juvenile court is formed for children approximately five years in age.
1924– Permits become required in order to parade on city streets.
1927– Mobile Carnival Association reorganized.
1928– Floral Parade debut.
1929– First electric floats roll into Mobile via the Infant Mystics’ Parade.
1935– 100th Anniversary of the arrival of Carnival parades.
1938– First Black Mardi Gras parade. The first king hailed “Mayor of Carnival.”
1939– First “Colored Carnival Association” formed. It later became Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA). Mr. Samuel Besteda was named “First Mayor of Colored Mobile.”
1940– Colored Carnival Association selected its first king and queen, Alex Herman and Aliene Jenkins.
1942-1945– World War II cancels celebration of Carnival.
1946– Carnival resumes full-scale in Mobile.
1952– Camellia Ball debuts and Zulu Club parades for last time.
1956– MAMGA names Hank Aaron as its mayor for the celebration.
1965– First doubloon thrown in Mobile by the IM’s, two years before their 100th anniversary.
1966– 100th anniversary of Joe Cain’s celebration.
1967– Joe Cain celebration revived at Church Street Cemetery, a location quickly outgrown.
1969– MAMGA dedicates its first float warehouse. Develops revolutionary system of pulling floats in and out of warehouse.
1974– Alexis Herman, Secretary of Labor under the last administration of Bill Clinton, named Queen of MAMGA.
1980– Order of Osiris, the first gay Society in Mobile, holds its first dance.
1990– MAMGA celebrates its 50th anniversary.
1995– First International Carnival Ball held in Mobile with every known mystic society represented.
2001– First ball of the Order of Out of Towners.
2002– Mobile Tri-centennial celebrated with huge parade representing every known mystic society.
2004– 100th coronation of a carnival queen in Mobile.
2005– New Carnival experience opens: the Mobile Carnival Museum opens with Gordon Tatum, Jr. named first curator.

2018 Mardi Gras Parade UPDATED

Friday, January 26, 2018
6:30 PM Conde Cavaliers Parade 
Saturday, January 27, 2018
2:30 PM Bayport Parading Society Parade
6:30 PM Pharaohs’ Mystic Society Parade
7:00 PM Conde Explorers Parade 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Polka Dots Parade 
Friday, February 2, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Inca Parade 
Saturday, February 3,
2:00 PM Mobile Mystics Parade
2:30 PM Mobile Mystical Revelers Parade
6:30 PM Maids of Mirth Parade
7:00 PM Order of Butterfly Maidens Parade
7:30 PM Krewe of Marry Mates Parade 
Sunday, February 4, 2018
6:30 PM Neptune’s Daughters Parade
7:00 PM OOI Parade 
Monday, February 5, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Venus Parade
7:00 PM Order of Many Faces
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:30 PM Order of LaShe’s Parade 
Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:30 PM Mystic Stripers Society Parade 
Friday, February 9, 2018
6:30 PM Crewe of Columbus Parade 
Saturday, February 10, 2018
12:00 PM Floral Parade
12:30 PM Knights of Mobile Parade
1:00 PM Mobile Mystical Ladies
1:30 PM Order of Angels Parade
6:00 PM Mystics of Time Parade
6:30 PM Coronation of Queen to King Felix III Mobile Convention Center 
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2:00 PM Arrival of King Elexis I (rolls on Route E)
2:30 PM Joe Cain Parade
5:00 PM Le Krewe de Bienville Parade
7:00 PM Coronation of King Elexis Mobile Convention Center 
Monday, February 12, 2018
11:00 AM Arrival of King Felix III (Cooper Riverside Park)
12:00 PM King Felix III Parade
12:00 PM Floral Parade
3:00 PM MLK Business and Civic Organization Parade (rolls on Route D)
3:30 PM Monday Mystics Parade (rolls on Route D)
4:00 PM Northside Merchants (rolls on Route D)
7:00 PM Infant Mystics Parade (rolls on Route F)
7:30 PM Order of Doves (rolls on Route F)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Mardi Gras Day FAT TUESDAY!
10:30 AM Order of Athena Parade
12:30 PM Knights of Revelry Parade
1:00 PM King Felix Parade
1:30 PM Comic Cowboys Parade
2:00 PM Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (rolls on Route B)
6:00 PM Order of Myths Parade (rolls on Route C)