|“Throw me something Mister!”|
This is the day we anticipate, known to many as Shrove Tuesday and the day before Ash Wednesday. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It is also a day to party like there is no other.
Celebrations begin early on Mardi Gras day. Downtown, the long parade organized by the Order of Athena rolls first, followed by the Comic Cowboys, founded in 1884. The evening ends with a spectacular night parade of illuminated floats decorated to a theme chosen by the Order of Myths. Each parade follows a defined route so that viewers can plan attendance along particular streets or balconies.
Some parades are long and circular so that viewers can walk to a second viewing spot and catch more throws, as the floats circle back. It allows more time to see performances as well.
|Marshalls for Order of Athena|
The Fat Tuesday parade schedule is as follows:
10:30 am Order of Athena Parade
12:30 pm Knights of Revelry Parade
1:00 pm King Felix III Parade
1:30 pm Comic Cowboys Parade
2:00 pm Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association
6:30 pm Order of Myths Parade
Numerous smaller parades and walking clubs also parade around the city.
- Joining me in this endeavor is Cajun Chef Ryan ~ see more from this series: his Welcome to Mardi Gras 2010 / an awesome King Cake recipe / a parade tradition and fun post on Sloppy Joe’s with Sweet Potato Fries / see a little Paris in New Orleans & his Eggs Florentine Omelet / his New Orleans Roast Beef Poboy / the soul of New Orleans & his Chicken, Sausage, Shrimp Gumbo / read his post on Mardi Gras & Super Bowl Champs
- My previous recipes & posts in this series: Learn about street foods & how we ham-it-up and serve my Cajun Ham / my Gulf Coast Seafood Gumbo / Roast Beef Sandwiches dripping with mouth-watering gravy / Eggs Creole, a brunch casserole perfect for guest / Shrimp & Grits – 2 recipes / My take on bouillabaisse and always a crowd pleaser / Duck & Sausage Gumbo / Mardi Gras Pick-Me-Ups / Cajun Pastalaya / Mardi Gras Shrimp Mold / Marinated Shrimp & Mushrooms
- Learn more about Mardi Gras in Mobile at Mobile Bay
- Historical timetable from Mardi Gras Digest