Folks flooded downtown to see the floats

The Conde Cavaliers rolled through downtown Mobile Friday, February 14, and people crowded the streets to catch anything they can get their hands on.

Watching the parades roll in Mobile is a tradition for Lillian Adams and Jim Pits. They have been going to Mardi Gras parades for more than 70 years and are still at the front line of the parade catching throws.

“I love it; it’s exciting. I like the floats the atmosphere the beads all of it,” Lillian Adams said.

Pits said he comes out to watch the kids play and see the different floats every year. He said it brings back good memories from his childhood.

“From the time I was a kid just after World War II when it started up again they had a lot of stuff for kids which was nice we would march down Bienville square in a clown costume,” Pits said.

David Johnson said he grew up helping his grandfather build the floats and has been going to the parades since 1965.

The parades change every year the people change every year it’s the greatest show on Earth and it’s free. A million people would like to be standing where those guys are right now.

For those who’ve never been, Pit said it’s a party you don’t want to miss.

“I explained (to my Michigan friends) this is the greatest outdoor party you can go to. It’s safe, fun and they were going to have a really good time and they did,” he said.


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