Three Mardi Gras Parades on the Island

You’ve been seeing the colors—purple, gold and green in particular—and you’ve been hearing all kinds of animated discussions about fancy balls and informal parties.

Mardi Gras, parade, Fat Tuesday, beads, moon pies

How many throws can you catch? Find out at any of three parades in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on Fat Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

It is Mardi Gras season, after all. And here on Pleasure Island we take on the holiday festivities with not just two, but three parades on the day itself, Fat Tuesday.

To start your day, bring lawn chairs, breakfast or snacks and a thermos of coffee and set up early along Highway 59 anywhere between the Intracoastal Bridge (south side) and the main public beach. The parade will roll at 10 a.m., supplying you with as many beads, moon pies and other treasures as you can catch.

You are bound to make new friends before and during the parade, so after stowing your goodies in your car or house/condo, meet them at any of our fine restaurants to renew your energy before gathering more throws at the next event.

The starting time for the Orange Beach parade is 2:00. You will again want to arrive early to claim your favorite spot along the parade route, so refill your thermos and snack bag and be ready to meet more new friends. Wintzell’s marks the beginning point, and the floats will process eastward to Highway 161.

But wait—there’s more! Scurry over to a spot along Canal Road for the 3:00 Intracoastal Waterway boat parade that runs from The Wharf to LuLu’s. When the parade ends, join everyone at LuLu’s for a daylong party that began at 11:00 with live music by Glen David Andrews from noon until 3. Stay for dinner accompanied by terrific Americana/roots music by Sugarcane Jane from 5 until 9 p.m. It will be a Fat Tuesday to remember: February 21, 2012!

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  1. Carolyn, what a great way to use the beads! Not only decorative and I’m sure a conversation piece, but it also brings back fun memories for you. Hope you can be among the crowds next year, chanting the ever-present “Throw me some beads!” and catching as many as you can hold!

  2. I want to one day be able to go to another paraade I love it I got enough beads to put in to two crystal lamps which made them look beautiful

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