12 Mardi Gras events not to miss at Alabama’s beaches
Let the good times roll at the Alabama Gulf Coast. Yep, it’s Mardi Gras season and there’s plenty of events going on through Fat Tuesday. Here are 12 Mardi Gras events you don’t want to miss. Brian Kelly | [email protected]
One of the most popular Mardi Gras events is the annual Mystics of Pleasure nighttime Mardi Gras parade along the beach highway in Orange Beach. Held in February, this all-male Mardi Gras krewe throws one heck of a parade with lots of colorful and intricate floats. Hundreds of snowbirds and locals come out for this Mardi Gras parade. Pictured here is a reveler from the Mystics of Pleasure’s 2016 Mardi Gras parade. (Photo by Brian Kelly/[email protected])
During the Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras parade some of the revelers ride horseback or on Harley Davidson motorcycles. The parade begins just as the sun sets which makes for some dramatic photos as the floats roll down the beach highway. And this krewe is known for its expensive throws along with beads. (Photo by Brian Kelly/[email protected])
What: Mystics of Pleasure nighttime Mardi Gras Parade.
When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Highway 182 (the beach highway) Orange Beach, Ala.
Since Mardi Gras takes place near the water here along the Alabama Gulf Coast there are several Mardi Gras events on the water. One of them is the annual Pirates of Lost Treasure Mardi Gras Flotilla. This krewe of avid boat owners transforms their vessels into floating Mardi Gras parties, tossing beads as they travel along the Intracoastal Waterway. (Press-Register file photo)
Technically, the Pirates of Lost Treasure are a krewe based in Perdido Key, Fla. but plenty of folks from Orange Beach attend its annual Mardi Gras flotilla, now in its 24th year. The flotilla begins on the Florida side not far from Ono Island and continues to the Oyster Bar where folks can catch beads on the huge pier. The procession continues into Orange Beach at the Flora-Bama Marina. And when the parade ends, the party begins at the ‘Bama where all ages are invited to get their photos takes with the Pirates of Lost Treasure. (Press-Register file photo).
What: Annual Pirates of Lost Treasure Mardi Gras flotilla.
When: Saturday, Jan. 27, 10:45 a.m.
Where: Along the Intracoastal Waterway in Perdido Key, Fla. and Orange Beach, Ala.
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