2012 Mobile Mardi Gras RV City Expanded

75 days, 6 hours left until Mardi Gras Day

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The Mobile (Alabama) Civic Center announced that a limited number of spaces have been released for the 2012 Mobile Mardi Gras RV City.

It’s a Mardi Gras tradition in the Port City that brings in the regulars and newcomers each season, but now even more will be able to enjoy with these limited spots available.

RV City is nestled under the Water Street overpass off I-10 and typically accommodates approximately 200 campers who revel in the excitement of the Mardi Gras season. It gives Mardi Gras attendees the convenience of being parked for the entire Mardi Gras season, rather than searching for parking spots during each parade.

RV City started about 11 years ago with less than 70 motorhomes and trailers. Last year, that number had more than tripled. Opening up a few additional spots will give even more people the opportunity to experience Mobile Mardi Gras the RV way.

RV City will be open for move-in on January 21 and 22, 2012.

Cost for a spot in RV City is $399 for the entire month and is dry camping (no utilities included).

Mobile Mardi Gras

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General madness overtakes Mobile annually in the months, weeks, and days preceding Ash Wednesday as chants of “Moon Pie! Moon Pie!” and “Throw me something Mister!” fills the air in historic Mobile. The rules governing civilized behavior are temporarily suspended…it’s Mardi Gras in “Mobile, the Mother of Mystics.”

New Orleans may have the better known celebration, but Mobile’s was the first and arguably the best. Legend tells us that Mobile’s earliest settlers apparently couldn’t wait to get started. Mobile’s first Mardi Gras celebration dates back to 1703, only one year after the city’s founding.

Historians disagree on who was responsible for organizing the celebration. Originally called Boeuf Gras (Fatted Ox), the celebration was one of feasting and revelry on the day preceding Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season which leads to Easter. The celebration, now called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day.

It was in 1857 that the Mobile members of Cowbellian de Rakin Society, formed in 1830 traveled to New Orleans and assisted with the formation of the Crewe of Comus, considered New Orleans’ most prestigious Mardi Gras society.

Mardi Gras Mask and Beads (Credit: percysposts.blogspot.com)

Dozens of mystic societies build colorful Mardi Gras floats and parade through downtown Mobile during the weeks preceding Mardi Gras Day. Masked society members throw doubloons, candies, beads and moon pies to excited crowds that scamper about for the Mardi Gras memorabilia. And Mobile’s celebration is good, safe fun the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy Mardi Gras where it all began, in Mobile, Mother of Mystics.”

Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 (always the day before Ash Wednesday)


Mobile Civic Center

Located in the heart of Mobile’s downtown historical district, the Civic Center is easily accessible by interstate highway.

Address: 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile, AL 36602-0204

Phone: (251) 208-7261

Website: mobilecivicctr.com

Mobile Mardi Gras RV City

Mobile Mardi Gras RV City (Credit: fox10tv.com)

RV City will be open for move-in on January 21 and 22, 2012.

Cost for a spot in RV City is $399 for the entire month (dry camping only).

For reservations and additional information, contact Peggy Jimenez at 251-443-8818 or pjimenez@jimenezinc.net.

2012 Mobile Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Website: mmgpa.com/ParadeDates

Worth Pondering…

Mardi Gras is a thing that could hardly exist in the practical North….For the soul of it is the romantic, not the funny and the grotesque. Take away the romantic mysteries, the kings and knights and big-sounding titles, and Mardi Gras would die, down there in the South.

—Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi (Harper & Brothers, 1896)

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