Mobile Mardi Gras Photography by Leigh Pate - February 23, 2016February 23, 2016 Mobile, Alabama is home to (arguably) the country's first Mardi Gras. They have been parading and celebrating for over 150 years. Think of the Mobile's Mardi Gras as a more "family friendly" version of New Orlean's notorious party - the kind your mother will enjoy, too. The last two years I've visited Mobile with my Mom and attended some of the Mardi Gras parades. I've loved the spirit of fun ... everyone is smiling and playing. Great music. Fying Moonpies. Tons of throws. Festive hats. All walks of Mobile Society are out and about together. This celebration of culture and traditions is special. I'm sharing some photos from attending two parades this year on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday and LundiGras in February 2016. More photos from 2015 Mardi Gras are in the photo galleries link. If you want to learn more about Mobile's fabulous celebration, check out the Mobile Mask.