1.5 hours Walking Tour All Ages Historically Accurate

Festive Parades and Elegant Balls

Welcome to the birthplace of Mardi Gras in America! This fun walking tour highlights 188 exciting years of Mardi Gras in Mobile. Locals and visitors will hear about European traditions and the American Mardi Gras innovations created here. At Mardi Gras Park you’ll learn about our parades, balls, royal courts, brass bands, and Joe Cain, Mobile’s most celebrated citizen. See the secret den of the oldest mystic society in America, get insider tips on the best places to watch parades, and get into the Mardi Gras spirit with a walking beer or beverage of your choice. (Drinks are not included.) We’ll learn about the mystic societies that built our traditions, from the Cowbellion de Rakins founded in 1830, to the diverse set of women’s societies, African American societies, LGBTQ societies, and fully-integrated societies that are creating their own traditions today.

  • The tour begins inside Corner 251 at the Admiral Hotel, 251 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602

  • This Tour Starts at Wet Willie’s

    Free Parking

    Free parking is available at Mardi Gras Park, and across from the Fort of Colonial Mobile at 150 S Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602.

    Short Walk From Hotels

    The tour is a short walk from all downtown hotels. Use the map on the page above to find us!

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    Weather-Proof Guarantee

    We will reschedule or refund any tour that in cancelled due to weather. Any cancellations are posted on our Facebook page.

    Guest Reviews
    "Loved the tour. Entertaining and informative. Learned new stuff about Mobile and Mardi Gras plus kind memories of Mardi Gras past."
    Nancy Isom
    "The tour was very informative and interesting! So much fun learning about the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile."
    Lindsey Schulz Jennings
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