2012 Mobile Mardi Gras RV City Filling Up Fast

25 days, 11 hours left until Mardi Gras Day

Mobile's Official Mardi Gras Flag (Credit: ywcamobile.org)

Mardi Gras season is about to kick into full swing, and you could tell if you passed by downtown Mobile (Alabama) on I-10 last weekend (January 21-22).

In early December (2011), I reported that the Mobile Civic Center announced that a limited number of spaces had been released for the 2012 Mobile Mardi Gras RV City.

I further reported that RV City would be open for move-in on January 21 and 22.

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’s Mobile’s city within the city, and this time every year RV City’s population goes from zero to more than 200 in about three days.

RV City 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.

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

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

Most spots in RV City are claimed months in advance, but this year’s Mardi Gras season is anything but ordinary, Local 15TV news reports.

“We have more new people, and this is the very first year that we have not completely sold out a month prior to move in date,” according to RV City spokesperson, Peggy Jimenez.

While the economy may be a factor, it is more likely because people are chasing deer, and not parade throws.

“It’s hunting season,” Jimenez said. “And hunting season we get about 15 people that don’t come back. Now, next year, they’ll come back and want a spot. They’ll get on the waiting list and come back in.”

While there is still space for rent, Jimenez said it is going fast as the party starts this weekend.

“There’s 200 people over there next Saturday,” Jimenez said about the camp site’s first party of the season. “You need to come see. I mean, there’ll be people wall-to-wall because it’s the first party night of the year.”

Jimenez said there are still 13 spots available at RV City.

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

Mardi Gras 2005 Poster featuring Mobile's own Tommy 'Wojo' Wojciechowski as 'Joe Cain'! (Credit: brentoons.com)

RV City opened for move-in on January 21 and 22.

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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