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Beads, balls and Moon Pies: Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala.
Beads, balls and Moon Pies: Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala.

Think Mardi Gras and your thoughts are apt to turn to New Orleans, where the celebration of the last day before Lent gives new meaning to the word "raucous." Fat Tuesday typically becomes a day of parades and revelry, the latter turning the French Quarter into the Southern equivalent of a rave. About 150 miles north and east is a port city that claims to be the birthplace of the celebration. Mobile may be better known for its profusion of azaleas and nearby Bellingrath Gardens, but the city claims for itself the title of first Mardi Gras in America, placing the origin of the fest in 1703. Even the boisterous krewes that put on the Carnival parades in New Orleans acknowledge...

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