Floral Parade

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Floral Parade

In 1928, Alfred Staples, longtime president of the Mobile Carnival Association, asked Sidney Simon to plan a parade for the Saturday afternoon before Fat Tuesday to keep people - especially out-of-towners - downtown for the entire weekend.

The Flower Parade, as it was first called, has always been for children. The MCA Juvenile Court, including a King and Queen, are among the float riders.

These days, the Floral Parade is one of only two that's scheduled to run twice, first on that Saturday before Mardi Gras, and again on Lundi Gras, along with the King Felix III parade, which also rolls again on Fat Tuesday.