Here’s your 2023 Mardi Gras parade schedule for Mobile, coastal Alabama

Is Mardi Gras extra-early this year, or is it just that? Either way, it’s time to prepare for the storm, as the parades start well before the end of January.

Fat Tuesday falls on February 21. As it goes, it’s sort of the middle of the pack. The date of Mardi Gras is calculated by counting from Easter Sunday, which varies according to a calculation involving the vernal equinox and a full moon. The first Mardi Gras can be on February 3 and the latest on March 9.

If Carnival 2023 looks like it’s moving fast, that may be because it dropped much later in 2022, on March 1. Prepare for more big swings – it will be more than a week early in 2024, on February 13, and then later still in 2025, falling on March 4.

In the Mobile district, the Krewe de la Dauphine launches the season with its parade on Dauphin Island. It comes on January 21 of this year. In Mobile proper, the Conde Cavaliers are traditionally the first to ride downtown Route A. This year it happens on February 3, and it should be an extra-festive occasion: Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played on Saturday February 2. 4, so the usual pre-match parade will take place just before the Condes and a free Nelly concert will follow in Cathedral Square.

This list will be updated as additional dates are confirmed; to submit information for additional parades, email [email protected]

Directions maps as well as additional information on parking, safety and other topics are available on the City of Mobile website. For continued coverage, visit www.al.com/mardigras.

2023 Mobile Zone Mardi Gras Parade Schedule:

Saturday January 21: Krewe de La Dauphine (Île Dauphin), 1 p.m. – As the always informative town crier from Île Dauphin reminds us, new rules apply this year to tailgating in the central strip of Boulevard Bienville. Keep them in mind if you plan to have a good time with the Krewe de la Dauphine. You are not supposed to reserve space before sunrise on the day of the event, and you cannot mark off your land with ropes or tape. Once you have claimed space with parked vehicles, lawn chairs, or awnings, at least one member of the group must remain on the premises. Venues must be thoroughly cleaned immediately after the parade.

A group of girls catch throws during a close encounter with a float during the 2022 Krewe de la Dauphine parade. Lawrence Specker | [email protected]

Saturday January 21: Lucedale Carnival Association (Lucedale, Mississippi) 11 a.m. — While this list focuses on the Alabama coast, it’s probably not worth it that the area also has a few early risers across the state line in Lucedale, where the Lucedale Carnival Association will hold its parade at 11 a.m. Jan. 21. Family Fun Day activities take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Coffee Pot parking lot. Check Facebook for more information.

Saturday 28 January: popular parade (Dauphin Island), 1 p.m. – As its name suggests, this parade features a motley and highly creative assortment of floats, including marching units, marching bands and towed boats. The new tailgating rules mentioned above also apply to this parade.

The Conde Cavaliers kick off Mardi Gras in downtown Mobile, Alabama on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. (Mike Kittrell/AL.com)

Friday, February 3: Conde Cavaliers (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m.

Saturday February 4: Mystic Krewe of Salty Paws (Dauphin Island) 10:00 a.m. – Mardi Gras goes to the dogs (and other pets) in Water Tower Square.

Saturday February 4: Bayport Parading Society/Mystic DJ Riders (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 2:00 p.m.

Saturday February 4: Pharoahs Mystic Society, Conde Explorers (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 5: Island Secret Society Massacre Street Board (Dauphin Island) 6:30 p.m. – This recent addition to local tradition includes a torchlight procession with participants whose costumes represent elements of the island’s history. There is nothing else like it in the area. Details of the 2023 event had not been released at the time of this article’s publication, so keep an eye on the Facebook page.

Scenes from the Massacre Island Secret Society procession on Sunday the 13th 2022.

Thursday, February 9: Order of Polka Dots (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10: Order of the Incas (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m.

Saturday February 11: Mobile Mystics, Mobile Mystical Revelers, Mobile Mystical Friends (Mobile Downtown, Route A), 2 p.m.

Saturday February 11: Mystic Mutts of Revelry (Downtown Fairhope) 3 p.m. The theme for this year’s costumed canine parade, which benefits kill-free shelter The Haven, is “Top Dog.” Check out the Facebook page.

Saturday February 11: Maids of Mirth (Downtown Mobile, Route G) 6:30 PM Route G is an almost identical route to Route A but begins and ends at Conti and Broad streets.

Saturday February 11: Order of Butterfly Maidens, Krewe of Marry Mates, Order of Hebe (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 7:00 p.m.

Sunday February 12: Daughters of Neptune, Order of Isis (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 13: Order of Venus, Miracle on the Bay, Many-Faced Order (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14: Order of LaShe, Order of Olympia (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16: Mystic Stripers Society (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m.

Friday February 17: Crewe of Columbus, Krewe of Secondline (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m. This parade kicks Mobile into high gear. Students flock home to join in the revelry, and the town enters a five-day weekend of madness sometimes known as “Deep Gras.”

Friday February 17: Maids of Jubilee (Downtown Fairhope) 6:45 p.m.

Mardi Gras: Jubilee Ladies

The Maids of Jubilee Parade marches through downtown Fairhope, Alabama during Mardi Gras festivities on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Mike Kittrell/AL.com)

Saturday, February 18: Floral Parade, Knights of Mobile, Mobile Mystical Ladies, Order of Angels, Joy of Living (Downtown Mobile, Route A) noon.

Saturday February 18: Krewe of Sparta (Saraland) Noon – The Saraland Mardi Grass Association Parade will roll down US 43 beginning at Bayou Avenue and ending at Jacintoport Avenue by the Police Department. More information at smgalife.com.

Saturday February 18: Krewe of Mullet Mates (Mullet Point Park, Fairhope) 2 p.m. Look for this community parade along Baldwin County Road 1.

Saturday February 18: Mystics of Pleasure, and. Al (Orange Beach) 5:30 p.m. According to the City of Orange Beach, Mystical Societies will travel along Perdido Beach Boulevard from the traffic light just east of Phoenix West to the Ala intersection. 161, near the Publix mall.

Saturday, February 18: Mystics of Time (Downtown Mobile, Route H) 6:00 PM Route H is an almost identical route to Route A, but the parade begins on Government St. near Broad Street.

Mardi Gras: Goat Creature

The Krewe of Goats rolls during Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 26, 2022 in Prichard, Ala. (Mike Kittrell/AL.com)

Saturday February 18: Shadow Barons (Daphne) 6:45 p.m. Check the Facebook page.

Sunday February 19: procession of King Elexis I (Downtown Mobile, Route E) 2:00 PM Route E begins at Water Street, continues west on Government to Broad, then north on Broad to Spring Hill Avenue, southeast on Spring Hill to ‘ to N. Washington Ave., then north on Washington to Lyons St .

Sunday February 19: Joe Cain Procession (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 2:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras: Joe Cain Procession

The Marching Society participates in the Joe Cain procession as it winds through downtown Mobile, Alabama during Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (Mike Kittrell/AL.com)

Sunday February 19: Le Krewe de Bienville (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 20: King Felix III, floral parade (Downtown Mobile, Route A) noon.

Monday, February 20: MLK Business & Civic Organization, MLK Monday Mystics, Northside Merchants (MLK/Spring Hill Avenue, Route D) 3:00 PM Route D begins near the downtown end of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and continues west along MLK to Lexington Avenue, returning via St. Stephens Road and Spring Hill Avenue.

Monday February 20: “Moon Pies on Main” at the Wharf (Orange Beach). Children’s Parade and Pet Parade, 4 p.m.; evening parade at 5 p.m. More information at alwharf.com.

Monday, February 20: Order of Mystical Magnolias (Downtown Fairhope) 6:45 p.m.

Monday, February 20: Mystical Children, Order of Doves (Downtown Mobile, Route F) 7:00 PM Route F is a shorter route beginning on Broad Street at Dauphin Street. It uses most of Route A but omits the southwest loop on S. Washington Ave, Canal St., and S. Broad St.

Tuesday, February 21: City of Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade, 10:00 a.m. The 44th annual event begins at Gulf Place before heading east and ending at Gulf State Park

Tuesday, February 21: Order of Athena (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday February 21: Knights of Revelry, King Felix III, Comic Cowboys (Downtown Mobile, Route A) 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21: Parade of mammoths from the Mardi Gras association in the mobile zone (Mobile, Route B) 2:00 PM Route B begins on North Broad Street; goes east on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Lexington Ave.; returns to downtown via St. Stephens Road and Spring Hill Avenue; take Government Street east, past Mardi Gras Park and Bienville Square; then take Government Street West to N. Washington Ave.

Mardi Gras: Mammoth Parade MAMGA

The MAMGA Mammoth Parade rolls along Route B during Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell/AL.com)

Tuesday, February 21: Mardi Gras parade in the city of Orange Beach, 2:00 PM The route continues along Perdido Beach Boulevard from the traffic light just east of Phoenix West to the intersection of the Ala. 161, near the Publix mall.

Tuesday, February 21: Order of Myths (Downtown Mobile, Route C) 6:00 PM Route C begins and ends on St. Anthony Street at St. Joseph Street. It passes Bienville Square toward Government Street and turns west, looping around Broad Street, Spring Hill Avenue, and S. Washington Avenue before returning the same route.

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