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.
- Parade Schedule
- Parade Routes
- How to watch parades LIVE
- Ball Schedule
- Where to stay
- Where to eat
- Downtown bar guide
- Mardi Gras FAQs
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
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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 Dreams||The Grounds||Saturday, Jan. 7|
|Port City Secondliners||The Grounds||Friday, Jan. 13|
|Spinsters||Cedar Street Social Club||Saturday, Jan. 14|
|The Sirens||Country Club of Mobile||Friday, Jan. 20|
|Carnival Krewe du Rue||The Calirojaé||Saturday, Jan. 21|
|Domino Double Rush||Athelstan Club||Saturday, Jan. 21|
|Etruscans||Mobile Civic Center||Saturday, Jan. 21|
|Krewe de la Dauphine||Bayou La Batre Civic Center||Saturday, Jan. 21|
|Nereides||Fort Whiting||Friday, Jan. 27|
|Order of Osiris||Mobile Convention Center||Friday, Jan. 27|
|Joy of Life||Daphne Civic Center||Saturday, Jan. 28|
|Krewe of Phoenix||Fort Whiting||Saturday, Jan. 28|
|La Luna Servante||Mobile Civic Center||Saturday, Jan. 28|
|Marquis de Lafayette Societe Inc.||Abba Shrine Center||Saturday, Jan. 28|
|Mystic DJ Riders||Elks Lodge 108 on DIP||Saturday, Jan. 28|
|Why Not Knights||Eastern Shore Art Center||Saturday, Jan. 28|
|Conde Cavaliers||Mobile Civic Center||Friday, Feb. 3|
|Order of Dragons||Country Club of Mobile||Friday, Feb. 3|
|Conde Explorers||Mobile Convention Center||Saturday, Feb. 4|
|Krewe of Mullet Mates||Oak Hollow Farm||Saturday, Feb. 4|
|Mystics of the Bay||Daphne Civic Center||Saturday, Feb. 4|
|New Mobilians||Mobile Country Club||Saturday, Feb. 4|
|Order of the Rolling River||Coastal Response Center||Saturday, Feb. 4|
|Pharaohs||Expo Hall||Saturday, Feb. 4|
|Pierrettes||Mobile Civic Center||Saturday, Feb. 4|
|Order of Polka Dots||Mobile Civic Center||Thursday, Feb. 9|
|Apollo’s Mystic Ladies||Daphne Civic Center||Friday, Feb. 10|
|Order of Inca||Mobile Civic Center||Friday, Feb. 10|
|Order of Mardi Gras Maskers||Fort Whiting||Friday, Feb. 10|
|Knights of Ecor Rouge||Fairhope Civic Center||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Krewe of Goats||William Clark Family Life Center||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Krewe of Marry Mates||Expo Hall||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Maids of Mirth||Crown Hall||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Mobile Mystics||Mobile Convention Center||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Deaf Mystics of Galaxies||Mobile Civic Center East Exhibit||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Order of Butterfly Maidens||Fort Whiting||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Order of Hebe||Holiday Inn Downtown||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Order of Juno||Mobile Civic Center||Saturday, Feb. 11|
|Neptune’s Daughters||Mobile Civic Center||Sunday, Feb. 12|
|Order of Isis||Fort Whiting||Sunday, Feb. 12|
|Order of Many Faces||Malaga Inn||Sunday, Feb. 12|
|Order of Venus||Mobile Convention Center||Monday, Feb. 13|
|Order of LaShe’s||Mobile Civic Center||Tuesday, Feb. 14|
|Order of Olympia||Expo Hall||Tuesday, Feb. 14|
|Fifty Funny Fellows||Mobile Civic Center||Wednesday, Feb. 15|
|Mystic Stripers Society||Mobile Civic Center||Thursday, Feb. 16|
|Crewe of Columbus||Mobile Civic Center||Friday, Feb. 17|
|Knights of Mobile||Tillman’s Corner Community Center||Friday, Feb. 17|
|Maids of Jubilee||Fairhope Civic Center||Friday, Feb. 17|
|MAMGA Grand Marshal’s Ball||Convention Center||Friday, Feb. 17|
|Thalians||Ezell House||Friday, Feb. 17|
|Comrades||Fort Whiting||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|Krewe du Cirque||Foley Civic Center||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|MLK Monday Mystics||The Locale||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|Mystics of Pleasure||Gulf State Park Lodge||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|Mystics of Time||Mobile Civic Center||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|Order of Angels||Holiday Inn Downtown||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|Original Dragons||The Grounds||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|Krewe of Sparta||Steele Creek Lodge||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|The Shadow Barons||Daphne Civic Center||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|Order of Myths||Downtown||Sunday, Feb. 19|
|Prichard Carnival Association||The Calirojaé||Sunday, Feb. 19|
|Infant Mystics||Mobile Civic Center||Monday, Feb. 20|
|Order of Doves||The Locale||Monday, Feb. 20|
|Order of Mystic Magnolias||Fairhope Civic Center||Monday, Feb. 20|
|Knights of Revelry||Mobile Civic Center||Tuesday, Feb. 21|
|Order of Athena||Abba Shrine Center||Tuesday, 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.
- The Admiral: The Admiral, situated in the heart of downtown Mobile, offers 156 guest rooms and suites with downtown views.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Mobile-Downtown Historic District: The downtown Mobile Hampton Inn is located a few blocks from the business district, next to I-10 and the Mobile Convention Center.
- The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa: This downtown Mobile hotel offers three on-site restaurants and a rooftop pool.
- Drury Inn Mobile: The first on our list outside of downtown Mobile, the Drury Inn Mobile is off the Airport Boulevard exit of I-65, just a few miles from downtown’s Mardi Gras parades and balls.
- Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel: A skybridge connects this downtown hotel with the Mobile Convention Center. A stay here puts you in the middle of Mardi Gras action.
- Fort Conde Inn: This historic hotel is a collection of homes all located inside the private Fort Conde Village in downtown Mobile.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Mobile I-65: Staying off the Airport Boulevard exit of I-65 is a great option for commuters and keeps you just a few miles from the heart of Mobile’s Mardi Gras celebrations.
- Hilton Garden Inn Mobile West I-65: Another option for staying just out of downtown Mobile, with easy access to I-65 and downtown celebrations.
- Hilton Garden Inn Mobile Downtown: Staying next to Bienville Square puts you in the center of Mardi Gras and an easy walk to downtown’s lively culture.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Mobile I-65: Another option for staying just out of downtown Mobile, with easy access to I-65 and downtown celebrations.
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.
- The Noble South: Offering new southern dishes for breakfast and brunch.
- Squid Ink Eclectic Eats & Drinks: 2021 and 2022 Nappie Award Winner. Gastropub for lunch, dinner and drinks.
- Roosters: Downtown spot for tacos, Latin American food. Open lunch and dinner.
- Debris Po Boys & Drinks: Sandwiches and drinks, lunch and dinner.
- Dauphin’s: Seafood and steaks on the 34th floor of the Trustmark Building.
- Dumbwaiter Restaurant: Southern and seafood for dinner.
- The Haberdasher: Gastro pub for dinner and late night (1 a.m.).
- Mama’s on Dauphin: Southern comfort food for lunch.
- SOCU: Southern kitchen and oyster bar
- Blind Mule: Weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner with traditional American and local dishes. Late night hours vary.
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.
- Alchemy Tavern: Full service bar, craft beer selection, pool.
- Hayley’s: Thirty years on Dauphin Street; smoking permitted.
- The Haberdasher: Cocktails and beer, gastropub.
- The Stables Bar: Live music on Friday and Saturday nights, outdoor deck.
- Grace: Rooftop bar, restaurant downstairs.
- The Merry Window: Bar with regular music, touring artists.
- Las Floriditas: Cuban-style speakeasy, live music on weekends.
- Royal Street Tavern: Piano bar at The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa.
- SkyView Lounge: 17th floor of the Holiday Day Inn in downtown Mobile.
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.”