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Mardi Gras in Mobile Comm 215 January 27, 2014 Daria Woodside Mardi Gras in Mobile Mardi Gras in Mobile, is the annual Carnival celebration in Mobile, Alabama. It is the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the United States, having started in 1703. Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, I grew up going to Mardi Gras parades as a child and loved every minute of it. While most people that live in or around Mobile become completely wrapped up in the festivities for the two and a half weeks, there are still some that totally disagree with it and all that it brings to the city. Mardi Gras is more than floats, masked riders, moon pies, balls, kings, and queens. It all began with one man walking home one night and stopping at a hardware store and tied cowbells to a rake. When he finished he got up and began his journey home with the clanging of the bells following him. This of course caused many people to stop and follow him. A simple walk home started the Cowbellion Society where in a few years the men wore costumes, masks, and had floats. While all this began as a fun little adventure it has drastically changed from when it started. There are weeks of parades, balls, and activities that begin 40 days before Easter. This event is known as lent for the Catholics. Its roots lie in the Christian calendar, as the "last hurrah" before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. (Anonymous, 2006). People begin preparations for Mardi Gras as soon as the current year is over. Carnival comes from the Latin words carne vale, meaning "farewell to the flesh." (Anonymous, 2006). Although this seems to be a Catholic holiday, with the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, there is fun for everyone that joins in. Well at least for some. Who doesn’t like a carnival? It is fun! Bands, music, floats, balls, and of course moon pies. Although the city completely changes and comes to a halt,

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