GULF SHORES MARDI GRAS PARADE
Originated in 1978 by the local Pleasure Island Players, the City of Gulf Shores takes the lead these days in organizing its Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday. Featuring the Mystic Order of Shiners, the oldest Mardi Gras parading order in Baldwin County, the parade has continued to grow each year. Beginning at 10:00 AM on West 19th Street, the floats, marching bands, and paraders move along the boulevard, finishing big at Gulf Place where you can mingle with new friends and get a closer look at the characters and costumes.
ORANGE BEACH MARDI GRAS PARADE
The Orange Beach parade began years ago when several groups wanted a chance to parade along the beach. Now, it is organized each year by the City of Orange Beach. Join the 30,000 enthusiastic spectators lining Perdido Beach Boulevard for the annual event on February 13. The parade begins at 2:00 PM and follows a two-mile route along the boulevard including marching bands, floats, and lots of beads. You’ll even find some of the Gulf Shores paraders who haven’t quite finished their celebrating, appearing in the Orange Beach procession.
LULU’S MARDI GRAS ANNIVERSARY & BOAT PARADE
You may have caught throws at Mardi Gras parades before, but have you gotten them from boats? LuLu’s in Gulf Shores celebrates its birthday and Fat Tuesday with one big anniversary and Mardi Gras party on February 10. Guests will enjoy free birthday cake, live music, a costume contest and a boat parade. It’s a great event for adults and children alike to celebrate the Mardi Gras season.