Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Bring on the Beads
If there is anything we love in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it’s a good old-fashioned, down-home reason to kick back and have a good time. That’s why Mardi Gras is anticipated all year long here. It fits in perfectly with our tradition of warm Southern hospitality and fun with friends who have come to visit.
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You want beads? We have beads, lots of them. In fact, with two parades starting at opposite ends of the thirty-two miles of sugar-white sand beach, the family will be loaded down with strands of faux jewels by the end of the day. Don’t worry; the parades are scheduled not to conflict. The Gulf Shores Mardi Gras procession begins in the morning and ends in plenty of time for you to make the Orange Beach event. We wouldn’t necessarily say the two communities have a good-natured rivalry for honors as sponsoring the best parade, but we wouldn’t say they don’t either. So find your spot along the boulevard, put your hands in the air and give a shout. If you’re lucky, you might even snag a MoonPie sailing through the air.
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. 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 East Beach Boulevard at the intersection with Highway 59, the floats, marching bands, and paraders move along the boulevard, finishing big at the Gulf State Park Pier 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. 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.