Learn more about two of Mobile’s Mardi Gras traditions

The good times keep on rolling in the streets of Downtown Mobile. Tonight, the Order of Inca took to the streets.

FOX10 News has been covering Mardi Gras 2014 from the very beginning. On Friday, our cameras went inside Toomey’s Mardi Gras on Highway 90 in Mobile to see what everyone was buying. From moonpies to beads, Mardi Gras items were flying off the shelves.

People from all over Mobile, Eastern Shore, and even from across the state line were found in Toomey’s buying up the store.

“We’ve been coming for a long time,’ said one Iva Frieghtman of Gautier, Miss.

“We come here every year for about the past eight years. We just enjoy Mardi Gras. We enjoy the Mobile theme and Mardi Gras. Like it a lot,” said Chris Vida from Dothan.

“We carry over 4,000 different items here so it’s kind of hard to put your arms around it sometimes. But of course the beads a real popular, stuffed animals, and pies, peanuts, super bubble bubble gum across-the-board really. A lot of light of stuff as well,” said owner Steve Toomey.

Toomey told FOX10 News the sales for this year’s Mardi Gras will not be known until Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras Day. He said the later Mardi Gras in the year give people more of a break to spend their money after the holiday season.

Another item flying off shelves in Mobile: King Cakes.

At Pollman’s Bake Shop on Broad Street, customers were buying king cakes seven at a time Friday.

Fred and Rose Pollman own the 96-year-old family business. Rose showed FOX10 News reporter Michael Brannon how a king cake is made. To watch the video, click above.

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