Mardi Gras Bracelet and Necklace

Mardi Gras Bracelet and Necklace coming soon!

Our friends over at 925SilverJewelry.US are designing a Mardi Gras silver jewelry bracelet and necklace exclusively for us.  I am beyond excited to receive mine and can’t wait to post photos of it and I am equally excited to wear it during Mardi Gras and beyond!

 

148 Days until Fat Tuesday

148 days until Fat Tuesday but we all know that the parades begin long before Fat Tuesday.

This year the parades begin January 26th and run through Fat Tuesday (February 13th).  Check here for the latest parade updates.

We are starting to plan our trip down for the festivities.  Since we have moved to Pennsylvania, we will be flying into New Orleans and renting a car.  Last year, we drove and spent half of our time in Mobile then the other half across the bay at Daphne.  We have started our search early this year at AirBNB.com for accommodations since accommodations go quickly during the days around Fat Tuesday.

It is a celebration and people come from all over. Many come for a day trip while others like myself come for several days leading up to the big day.

 

 

 

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)

Mardi Gras in Mobile Alabama Colors

We took a tour at the Carnival’s Museum on Government Street in Mobile while we were visiting in February. We had the fortunate good luck to have Craig Roberts as our tour guide and learned much about Mardi Gras. We highly recommend the tour and Craig as the tour guide and his book is most insightful to Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama.

Among many facts and tidbits about Mardi Gras that stuck in our mind, the one fact that has stood out the most is the “colors of Mardi Gras”.

Mobile’s Mardi Gras colors are purple and gold unlike the other carnivals whose colors are purple, green and gold.

 

King Cake Recipe

The King Cake is a braided cake much tasting like a coffee cake and it’s decorated with icing and sugar with the colors of Mardi Gras. Purple for the Justice of God, Gold for God’s power and Green for Faith in Christ. And there’s always a small plastic baby placed in the cake. The person that receives the piece of cake with baby doll is responsible for providing the cake for the next year’s celebration.

I have yet to create a King Cake but after scouring the web, found this gem of a recipe from a favorite recipe website:

PASTRY:
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

FILLING:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup melted butter

FROSTING:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon water

Scald milk, remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of butter. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of the white sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

When yeast mixture is bubbling, add the cooled milk mixture. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the remaining white sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat the flour into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours. When risen, punch down and divide dough in half.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.

Roll dough halves out into large rectangles (approximately 10×16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Push the doll into the bottom of the cake. Frost while warm with the confectioners’ sugar blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

You can find the original recipe here: