MOBILE, Ala. (WALA)- People come from all over to celebrate Mardi Gras in Mobile.
We found Kathy Mulder and Shellly Morris lined up for a breakfast Bloody outside the Riverview Plaza Hotel. They’re originally from L.A., but now they live in Sparta, North Carolina. Mulder said she heard about Mobile’s Mardi Gras, and decided to check it out for herself.
“Mobile has the best Mardi Gras I heard on the radio. Better than New Orleans. So, it was a 12 hour drive, and we’re here. The dogs are cooped up at the Kennel and we’re going to have a party,” Mulder said.
Locals complain about the weather in Mobile but for folks from up north this is perfect.
“This is great. I have an internal hot flash going on so I’m comfortable. This great, I’m not sweating,” Morris said.
Kara Trusty is visiting Mobile with about 32 friends from the University of Findley in Ohio. They’re helping out Habitat for Humanity. But, Tuesday they were enjoying Mardi Gras, and they didn’t mind the cold temperatures.
” Right now in Ohio it’s zero degrees and ice and snow. We’ve tried while we’re down here not to say that it’s cold, because it’s much colder at home,” Trusty said.
Kala Byron agrees. She’s down from St. Louis, Missouri for her second Mardi Gras in Mobile.
“I enjoy how many kids there are and how excited everybody seems to be in terms of coming out regardless of the weather. I think that shows the level of commitment for Mardi Gras,” Byron said.
Jack Moore said the weather folks in Jacksonville, Florida were wrong.
“I checked the weather before I left Florida, and they said it was going to be in the 60’s. It’s not the 60’s,” Moore said.
Todd Tait is originally from New Orleans. He said the “Big Easy” does Mardi Gras bigger, but not necessarily better.
“Mobile vs New Orleans, it’s a very family oriented Mardi Gras. New Orleans is very up and wild, kind of crazy Mardi Gras, but definitely family oriented here,” Tait said.
Whether they’re from out of town, or local everyone has the same goal on Fat Tuesday, “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” or, Let the good times roll.
We found a lot of out-of-towners who were surprised to learn Mobile’s Mardi Gras celebration is older than New Orleans.