Mardi Gras eve kicks off under gray sky

King Felix the Third and his knights have arrived in the Port City.

He came in aboard his Royal Yacht Monday morning, and kicked off a day revelry at Mobile Landing, and rode in the Floral Parade.

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A COLD ARRIVAL

The royal yacht arrived at the Mobile Convention Center on a cold, blustery morning shortly after 8:00.

According to Mardi Gras folklore, from there, King Felix the Third and his lieutenants board the ship to travel to the mythical Isle of Joy, across the Sea of Lemonade before making a stop at Mobile Landing.

When asked if the Sea of Lemonade was a little rough on Monday, Taylor Morrissette with the Mobile Carnival Association said,  “It’s not exactly what we want, but, we think its (the weather is) going to hold off for a while.”

 

GREETINGS IN PURPLE AND GREEN

The king and his entourage managed to brave the chilly winds to arrive at Mobile Landing shortly before 11:00.

Fireboats welcomed him with purple and green spray.

His court was on hand, too, holding on to their hats.

The king was also greeted by Mayor Sandy Stimpson, who presented him with a key to the city.

In reading a proclamation, Mayor Stimpson said, “So, from this moment until midnight tomorrow, we are your loyal and faithful subjects.  Long live Felix, long live the King.”

MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE

When asked what his message was to the people of Mobile,  Selwyn Turner IV, King Felix, said,  “My message to the people of Mobile is to celebrate, because this is what it’s all about.”

And the Queen was celebrating too, despite the brisk breeze off the river.

When asked if it was a little colder than she thought it would be, the Queen, Madeleine Maury Downing, said, “Oh yeah.  We got a lot of wind today, but everyone is having the best time.”

MEANWHILE, ON THE ISLE OF JOY…

That included the people who lined the streets of downtown Mobile to welcome the King and Queen as they turned into a head wind while riding in the Floral Parade.

Wonder what the weather is like on the Isle of Joy?

Morrissette said, “The Azaleas are blooming.  The oak trees are shading all the avenues.  It’s fantastic.  Everybody ought to visit it when they get a chance.”

We’re looking forward to it.

WHEN THEY’RE NOT ROYALTY….

Turner is a 27 year old financial analyst.

Downing is a student at the University of Virginia.

 

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