Spring into Fun on Alabama’s Gulf Coast
Mardi Gras Fun and More Along Alabama's Beaches
Put a spring in your step with a visit in March to the Alabama Gulf Coast. It is the perfect time to check out the pristine beaches, soak up some fun in the sun and enjoy the start of the many springtime festivals and events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You will love everything this piece of paradise has to offer.
Things To Do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach in March 2019:
Mystical Order of Mirams Parade - March 1, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Begins on Perdido Beach Boulevard at traffic signal east of Phoenix West and ends at the intersection of Hwy. 161 and Perdido Beach Boulevard. The Mystical Order of Mirams is a women's organization based in Orange Beach with members from all over Baldwin County, as well as Mobile, Birmingham, and even Atlanta. The group puts on the only family-friendly, women's nighttime parade on Pleasure Island.
Ballyhoo: A Celebration of Art and Culture - March 2, 10am-6pm. Pick up a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to add to your art collection, experience local culture as the Poarch Creek Indians perform colorful tribal dances, and savor delicious Gulf Coast seafood.
Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade - March 2, 6pm-7pm. Begins at traffic light east of Phoenix West and ends at Hwy. 161. According to the written history of the Mystics of Pleasure, "while overlooking the Marina on Cotton Bayou and watching the sun set on a glorious April evening, a group of men planned what was to become ... Pleasure Island’s very first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society." By Carnival of 2001, the Mystics of Pleasure held its first ball and Mardi Gras parade. Unlike parading groups to the west, marshals with the Mystics of Pleasure ride Harley-Davidsons, not horses.
Mardi Gras Parade at The Wharf - March 4, 4pm-8pm. Free admission, various fees for kids’ activities. Get ready for MoonPies on Main and pile on as much purple, gold and green as you can stand. The Kid and Pet Parade starts at 4pm in front of the Ferris wheel. Dance to live DJ entertainment, enjoy a rock climbing wall, face painting, bouncy house and various live animals. Then, collect beads and candy galore at the nighttime parade starting at 6pm, and directly after the parade catch the SPECTRA Sound and Light Spectacular show.
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) - March 5, 2019
Gulf Shores Parade - 10am. Begins at West 19th Street and ends at Hwy. 59 at Gulf Place, Gulf Shores. The Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade dates back to 1978 when a group of locals decided Gulf Shores should have its own parade. A year later the Mystic Order of Shiners joined the Pleasure Island Players to become what is now the oldest parading order in Baldwin County.
Orange Beach Parade - 2pm. Begins at traffic light east of Phoenix West and ends at Hwy. 161. There are about 55 units in the Fat Tuesday afternoon parade, and about 30,000 people gather along the two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard to stand in the rain of beads being thrown.