Mobile Mardi Gras & Comic Cowboys Parage

By- Cindy Lane Ross

Since I was a little girl sitting on my daddy’s shoulders I can always remember the Comic Cowboys Parade. Although as a kid, I didn’t quite understand the bare wood signs in which every adult around me made a comment on. This parade always takes place on Mardi Gras Day in Mobile, Alabama. I guess as a child I needed the bells and whistles you see on the other floats, but as an adult, I truly appreciate the thought and effort that goes into this organization and their plywood signs with jokes.

There is so much tension in the air regarding politics, racism, economy, & matters of the world. The story behind the Comic Cowboys parade is about poking fun of obvious statements of events happening in the news, sports, & entertainment. What’s the old saying “if you can’t make fun of yourself, who can you make fun of?” It’s all in fun and finally, after all these years, I understand the humor.

The Comic Cowboys organization was founded in 1884 by Dave Levi, a Mobile store owner who was a stage actor and comedian. Dave would join in the parade on Mardi Gras Day and ask men to join his parade. This year the parade rolled on Feb. 28 with 12 wagons with billboards addressing everything from local news to our new president Donald Trump and everything in between.

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Most of us think Mardi Gras and instantly think of New Orleans, but actually Mardi Gras originally started in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama. The first festival was in 1703 by Frenchman Nicholas Langlois, 15 long years before it began in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras is spread out over 2 weeks consisting of daily parades day and night along with Mardi Gras balls from each mystic society organization.

It’s a place where you beg, jump up and down, and scream “Hey Mister, throw me something!”. Myself, on the other hand, stood back this year, trying to capture it all in from my cell phone and pray nothing gets bombarded at my face. The revelers toss everything from beads, moon pies, stuffed animals, candy, and whatever else they can find to get your attention.

If you have never experienced Mardi Gras, put it on your calendar for next year. It’s one BIG ASS party you don’t want to miss.

Kid Friendly & Adult approved, until next year…. Mardi Gras Day, February 13, 2018. @stashyourbag #livetotravel

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