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Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

Founded in 1978 by local Pleasure Island gamblers, the town of Gulf Shores is taking the lead these days by hosting its Mardi Gras parade. Featuring the Mystic Order of Shiners, the oldest Mardi Gras parade order in Baldwin County, the parade has continued to grow each year. Starting at 10:00 a.m. on West 19th Street, floats, marching bands and parades move along the boulevard, ending big at Gulf Place where you can mingle with new friends and get a closer look at characters and costumes.

Mardi Gras parade in Orange Beach

The Orange Beach Parade started years ago when several groups wanted the chance to parade along the beach. From now on, it is organized every year by the City of Orange Beach. Join the 30,000 enthusiastic spectators who line Perdido Beach Boulevard for the annual event. The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. and follows a two-mile route along the boulevard, including marching bands, floats, and many beads. You’ll even find some of the Gulf Shores parades that aren’t quite done celebrating, appearing in the Orange Beach procession.


You may have caught throws at Mardi Gras parades before, but did you get them on boats? LuLu’s in Gulf Shores celebrates its birthday and Fat Tuesday with a big birthday and Mardi Gras party on February 21. Guests will enjoy a free birthday cake, live music, costume contest and boat parade. It’s a great event for adults and children to celebrate the Mardi Gras season.

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