Mobile Mask owner spills some secrets of Mardi Gras

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — We caught up with Mobile Mask owner Steve Joynt for a tour of the new “Parading Through Time” exhibit at the History Museum of Mobile. He shared information about some of the most popular icons of Mardi Gras in Mobile that newcomers, and diehard Mardi Gras fans alike, may not know.

An exhibit of an old costume worn by one time Joe Cain portrayer and Chief Slacabamarinico is on display, but it’s a far cry from what most of us are used to. It is the costume worn by Red Foster, the man who portrayed Chief Slac before the current one. 

“That was the Indian outfit he would get his hands on,” Joynt says.

There have only been three Joe Cain’s since Joe Cain–Julian Rayford, Foster, and now Wayne Dean, who has portrayed Slac for almost four decades.

One of the most popular attractions on Fat Tuesday is the last parade of the evening, the Order of Myths parade with the iconic Folly chasing Death. Those OOM costumes are on display as well. The Knights of Revelry also have a version of Folly chasing Death. Both groups use animal bladders as their means of whipping death into shape. The OOM’s use pig bladders. The KOR’s use cow bladders. Why?

“They started doing this at a time when there was no such thing as rubber balloons or rubber balls or things like that,” says Joynt.

The ‘Parading Through Time’ exhibit will remain open at the History Museum of Mobile through April 20th.

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