MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Visiting Mobile for Mardi Gras? WKRG News 5 is here to help with everything you need to know about the city’s biggest celebration.

The birthplace of Mardi Gras in America, Mobile goes big every year leading up to Fat Tuesday. Thousands of revelers turn out for parades and balls, and even the well-initiated can use a little help navigating the weeks of festivities.

WKRG News 5 is pulling together everything you need to know about Mardi Gras 2023 in Mobile. From parade and ball schedules to the best places to stay, eat and drink, we have everything you need to laissez les bons temps rouler. We also dip into local Mardi Gras history and traditions that will help you make the most of your Mardi Gras experience.

In addition to this guide, WKRG News 5 is covering all things Mardi Gras in Mobile and across the Gulf Coast. You can find all of our complete Mardi Gras coverage on the WKRG News 5 Mardi Gras page, including information and reports from Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Mississippi, Baldwin County and Pensacola.

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Parade Schedule: Mobile Mardi Gras 2023

Friday, February 3

  • 6:30 p.m. – Conde Cavaliers – Route A

Saturday, February 4

  • 2 p.m. – Bayport Parading Society / Mystic DJ Riders – Route A
  • 6:30 p.m. – Pharaohs’ Mystic Society – Route A
  • 7 p.m. – Conde Explorers – Route A

Thursday, February 9

  • 6:30 p.m. – Order of Polka Dots – Route A

Friday, February 10

  • 6:30 p.m. – Order of Inca – Route A

Saturday, February 11

  • 2 p.m. – Mobile Mystics – Route A
  • 2:30 p.m. – Mobile Mystical Revelers – Route A
  • 3 p.m. – Mobile Mystical Friends – Route A
  • 6:30 p.m. – Maids of Mirth Parade – Route G
  • 7 p.m. – Order of Butterfly Maidens – Route A
  • 7:30 p.m. – Krewe of Marry Mates – Route A
  • 8 p.m. – Order of Hebe – Route A

Sunday, February 12

  • 6:30 p.m. – Neptune’s Daughters – Route A
  • 7 p.m. – Order of Isis – Route A

Monday, February 13

  • 6:30 p.m. – Order of Venus – Route A
  • 7 p.m. – Miracle On the Bay – Route A
  • 7:30 p.m. – Order of Many Faces – Route A

Tuesday, February 14

  • 6:30 p.m. – Order of LaShe’s – Route A
  • 7 p.m. – Order of Olympia – Route A

Thursday, February 16

  • 6:30 p.m. – Mystic Stripers Society – Route A

Friday, February 17

  • 6:30 p.m. – Crewe of Columbus – Route A
  • 7 p.m. – Krewe de Secondline – Route A

Saturday, February 18

  • Noon – Floral Parade – Route A
  • 12:30 p.m. – Knights of Mobile – Route A
  • 1 p.m. – Mobile Mystical Ladies – Route A
  • 1:30 p.m. – Order of Angels – Route A
  • 2 p.m. – Joy of Life – Route A
  • 6 p.m. – Mystics of Time – Route H

Sunday, February 19 – Joe Cain Day

  • 2 p.m. – King Elexis I Motorcade – Route E
  • 2:30 p.m. – Joe Cain Procession – Route A
  • 5 p.m. – Le Krewe de Bienville – Route A

Monday, February 20 – Lundi Gras

  • Noon – King Felix III Parade – Route A
  • 12:30 p.m. – Floral Parade – Route A
  • 3 p.m. – MLK business & Civic Organization Parade – Route D
  • 3:30 p.m. – MLK Monday Mystics – Route D
  • 4 p.m. – Northside Merchants – Route D
  • 7 p.m. – Infant Mystics – Route F
  • 7:30 p.m. – Order of Doves – Route F

Tuesday, February 21 – Fat Tuesday

  • 10:30 a.m. – Order of Athena – Route A
  • 12:30 p.m. – Knights of Revelry – Route A
  • 1 p.m. – King Felix III Parade – Route A
  • 1:30 p.m. – Comic Cowboys – Route A
  • 2 p.m. – MAMGA Mammoth – Route B
  • 6 p.m. – Order of Myths – Route C

This is the current parade schedule from the City of Mobile for Mardi Gras 2023. We will update this schedule should dates, times or parade routes change.

Mobile Mardi Gras parade routes

How to watch Mobile Mardi Gras parades LIVE

WKRG News 5 is your home for Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast. From the first parade in downtown Mobile on Feb. 2 through the final parades on Fat Tuesday, WKRG News 5 will live stream the action and excitement on our website, our mobile app and on our Facebook page.

Watch LIVE on The best destination for Mobile Mardi Gras 2023 live is the WKRG News 5 Mardi Gras page. You can find all of our live coverage there, plus everything you need to know about Mardi Gras in Mobile and all across the Gulf Coast. You can also find all of our livestreams on the WKRG News 5 Watch Now page.

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Mardi Gras Ball schedule: Mobile 2023

The Mobile Mask has created a list of the Mardi Gras ball’s dates and locations.

Queens With DreamsThe GroundsSaturday, Jan. 7
Port City SecondlinersThe GroundsFriday, Jan. 13
SpinstersCedar Street Social ClubSaturday, Jan. 14
The SirensCountry Club of MobileFriday, Jan. 20
Carnival Krewe du RueThe CalirojaéSaturday, Jan. 21
Domino Double RushAthelstan ClubSaturday, Jan. 21
EtruscansMobile Civic CenterSaturday, Jan. 21
Krewe de la DauphineBayou La Batre Civic CenterSaturday, Jan. 21
NereidesFort WhitingFriday, Jan. 27
Order of OsirisMobile Convention CenterFriday, Jan. 27
Joy of LifeDaphne Civic CenterSaturday, Jan. 28
Krewe of PhoenixFort WhitingSaturday, Jan. 28
La Luna ServanteMobile Civic CenterSaturday, Jan. 28
Marquis de Lafayette Societe Inc.Abba Shrine CenterSaturday, Jan. 28
Mystic DJ RidersElks Lodge 108 on DIPSaturday, Jan. 28
Why Not KnightsEastern Shore Art CenterSaturday, Jan. 28
Conde CavaliersMobile Civic CenterFriday, Feb. 3
Order of DragonsCountry Club of MobileFriday, Feb. 3
Conde ExplorersMobile Convention CenterSaturday, Feb. 4
Krewe of Mullet MatesOak Hollow FarmSaturday, Feb. 4
Mystics of the BayDaphne Civic CenterSaturday, Feb. 4
New MobiliansMobile Country ClubSaturday, Feb. 4
Order of the Rolling RiverCoastal Response CenterSaturday, Feb. 4
PharaohsExpo HallSaturday, Feb. 4
PierrettesMobile Civic CenterSaturday, Feb. 4
Order of Polka DotsMobile Civic CenterThursday, Feb. 9
Apollo’s Mystic LadiesDaphne Civic CenterFriday, Feb. 10
Order of IncaMobile Civic CenterFriday, Feb. 10
Order of Mardi Gras MaskersFort WhitingFriday, Feb. 10
Knights of Ecor RougeFairhope Civic CenterSaturday, Feb. 11
Krewe of GoatsWilliam Clark Family Life CenterSaturday, Feb. 11
Krewe of Marry MatesExpo HallSaturday, Feb. 11
Maids of MirthCrown HallSaturday, Feb. 11
Mobile MysticsMobile Convention CenterSaturday, Feb. 11
Deaf Mystics of GalaxiesMobile Civic Center East ExhibitSaturday, Feb. 11
Order of Butterfly MaidensFort WhitingSaturday, Feb. 11
Order of HebeHoliday Inn DowntownSaturday, Feb. 11
Order of JunoMobile Civic CenterSaturday, Feb. 11
Neptune’s DaughtersMobile Civic CenterSunday, Feb. 12
Order of IsisFort WhitingSunday, Feb. 12
Order of Many FacesMalaga InnSunday, Feb. 12
Order of VenusMobile Convention CenterMonday, Feb. 13
Order of LaShe’sMobile Civic CenterTuesday, Feb. 14
Order of OlympiaExpo HallTuesday, Feb. 14
Fifty Funny FellowsMobile Civic CenterWednesday, Feb. 15
Mystic Stripers SocietyMobile Civic CenterThursday, Feb. 16
Crewe of ColumbusMobile Civic CenterFriday, Feb. 17
Knights of MobileTillman’s Corner Community CenterFriday, Feb. 17
Maids of JubileeFairhope Civic CenterFriday, Feb. 17
MAMGA Grand Marshal’s BallConvention CenterFriday, Feb. 17
ThaliansEzell HouseFriday, Feb. 17
ComradesFort WhitingSaturday, Feb. 18
Krewe du CirqueFoley Civic CenterSaturday, Feb. 18
MLK Monday MysticsThe LocaleSaturday, Feb. 18
Mystics of PleasureGulf State Park LodgeSaturday, Feb. 18
Mystics of TimeMobile Civic CenterSaturday, Feb. 18
Order of AngelsHoliday Inn DowntownSaturday, Feb. 18
Original DragonsThe GroundsSaturday, Feb. 18
Krewe of SpartaSteele Creek LodgeSaturday, Feb. 18
The Shadow BaronsDaphne Civic CenterSaturday, Feb. 18
Order of MythsDowntownSunday, Feb. 19
Prichard Carnival AssociationThe CalirojaéSunday, Feb. 19
Infant MysticsMobile Civic CenterMonday, Feb. 20
Order of DovesThe LocaleMonday, Feb. 20
Order of Mystic MagnoliasFairhope Civic CenterMonday, Feb. 20
Knights of RevelryMobile Civic CenterTuesday, Feb. 21
Order of AthenaAbba Shrine CenterTuesday, Feb. 21

Where to stay: Hotels for Mardi Gras 2023 in Mobile

It’s not just tourists who book hotel stays during Mardi Gras in Mobile. Locals are known to take rooms at hotels convenient to Dauphin Street and downtown festivities during the Mardi Gras season. These ten hotels are Tripadvisor‘s top picks for accommodations near downtown Mobile.

Where to eat in downtown Mobile

King Cake and Moon Pies aren’t the only Mardi Gras munchies revelers can enjoy in Mobile. Downtown Mobile boasts a vibrant food scene. Here are some of the top restaurants within walking distance of downtown hotels, according to Yelp.

Downtown bar guide

Downtown Mobile offers Mardi Gras revelers plenty of options for drinks, before and after Mardi Gras parades and balls. These are some of the top locations for libations, according to Yelp.

Mardi Gras 2023 FAQs

When is Mardi Gras 2023? Mardi Gras 2023, or Fat Tuesday, is on Tuesday, February 21.

What does laissez les bons temps rouler mean? Parisians are not likely to understand this Cajun French phrase, but when you visit the Gulf Coast during Mardi Gras season, you’ll hear the locals use this literal translation of the English phrase “let the good times roll.” Learn more Mardi Gras lingo here.

Who can go to a Mardi Gras ball in Mobile? Mobile Mardi Gras ball attendance is invitation only. Members of Mardi Gras Crews who organize the balls can invite non-members to the lavish celebrations.

When did Mobile first celebrate Mardi Gras? Mobile is proud of its Mardi Gras heritage and claims the first official Carnival celebration in the United States. It was started in 1703 by Frenchman Nicholas Langlois when Mobile was the capital of French Louisiana.

What is a mystic society? Mystic societies are secret societies that organize parades and balls during Mardi Gras season. They date back to 1704. The oldest existing parading society is the Order of Myths. Mystic societies each have their own traditions, rich with symbolism and ritual.

What is King Cake? A King Cake is a traditional Mardi Gras pastry with roots in Christian tradition. Traditionally, you start enjoying King Cake on Jan. 6, epiphany. The pastry is a cakey-bread dough formed into a ring and decorated with Mardi Gras colors, gold, purple and green. Bakers do get creative. A bakery in Daphne, for example, offers a crawfish King Cake.

What are MoonPies? MoonPies come in many different flavors including chocolate, banana, mint, and peanut butter. A MoonPie is made up of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate. The MoonPie got its name in 1917 when a coal miner asked a traveling salesman from the company for a snack “as big as the moon.” The MoonPie website reads, “It was filling, fit in the lunch pail and the coal miners loved it. The rest, as they say, is history.”