Floral Parade

In 1928, Alfred Staples, longtime president of the Mobile Carnival Association, asked Sidney Simon to plan a parade for the Saturday afternoon before Fat Tuesday to keep people - especially out-of-towners - downtown for the entire weekend.

The Flower Parade, as it was first called, has always been for children. The MCA Juvenile Court, including a King and Queen, are among the float riders.

These days, the Floral Parade is one of only two that's scheduled to run twice, first on that Saturday before Mardi Gras, and again on Lundi Gras, along with the King Felix III parade, which also rolls again on Fat Tuesday.

This year, the Floral Parade first rolled on a rainy February 10 at noon and again on Lundi Gras, February 12, at noon.

The theme was The Floral Parade Hits the Streets ... Jump on the Bandwagon, and the parade featured 16 floats, designed by Brent Amacker and built by Craig Stephens' Carnival Artists.

The Mask's exclusive slideshow of photos from that first 2018 parade is below.