MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – A parade for the USS Mobile commissioning with a Mardi Gras feel has more solidified plans according to Mobile Mask.
Last month, Mayor Sandy Stimpson suggested a parade should be held for the commissioning of the USS Mobile in conjunction with some of Mobile’s Mardi Gras associations. Now, plans are more solidified for the Friday, May 21st parade. Mobile Mask posted to Facebook with these plans.
Thus far, Mobile Mask says “Due to overwhelming interest from both mystic organizations and the community, the parade route for May 21st has been expanded another half mile to allow for more people to enjoy, as well as provide additional room for social distancing.” The original sticking point simply was city resources, including barricades and police. The parade still can’t go Full Route A because, again, of resources and also because of construction on Broad Street”
As far as street closures there is no word yet, but within the comments on the post Mobilians seem excited about this taste of Mardi Gras.
Austal’s website shows the USS Mobile is the 13th Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the U.S. Navy from the shipyard in the Port City.