It’s January, and here in Mobile folks are already putting up Mardi Gras decorations, shopping for beads, and buying ball gowns. Mobile is the birthplace of Mardi Gras, and we’ve been celebrating for over 300 years. This short video gives you a good feel for what a daytime parade is like in Mobile. Kids are up on their parents’ shoulders, brass bands are playing, masked float riders are throwing lots of stuff, and the crowd is yelling for moon pies. I shot the video at the start of the route, near the corner of Church and Claiborne—one of the points on our walking tour. This spot is where the bands and floats get put together and you have Mardi Gras in Mobile! There are about 30 parades like this each year, and the schedule is available at the Mobile Mask. If you are lucky enough to be planning a trip to Mardi Gras in the first couple of weeks of February, you are going to have a great time!