Mardi Gras Wrap Up and Enjoying the Warmth

February 18, 2015 (by Angela)

Last Friday night, Jim and I made it to one of the night-time Mardi Gras parades in the area. We drove to Fairhope and enjoyed the parade led by the Maids of Jubilee. It was not as long of a parade, but it was enjoyable.  Unfortunately, our inexpensive digital cameras do not make good night pictures, but I’ll share a few below. The atmosphere in Fairhope was VERY family oriented; I think there were more people under 18 than over attending. It felt that way, and those kids were focused on catching things. We actually had a boy of about 4 nearly knock us off our feet trying to roll on the ground to grab toys and treats. While the two parades we attended this season were completely different, they were both geared to family fun and G-rated.  I have to admit that I enjoyed the music at the Fairhope parade better; I loved the adult marching bands and those playing as they rode floats. I think I enjoyed the mood of the afternoon parade in Mobile and the variety that parade offered more than the smaller one in Fairhope.

The crowd gathers pre-parade.

The crowd gathers pre-parade.

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Sample of the adult bands playing

Sample of the adult bands playing

Our favorite float in this parade

Our favorite float in this parade

Another float

Another float

Our Mardi Gras experience wrapped up last night as the campground had a celebratory Mardi Gras Pot Luck. Even Chewie got his Mardi Gras on as he is wearing beads passed out at last night’s dinner.

Chewie wearing his Mardi Gras beads

Chewie wearing his Mardi Gras beads

This past Sunday, Jim, Chewie, I took advantage of the 70-degree weather and headed for the beach again; we went to Fort Morgan, Alabama, so Chewie could enjoy some sand between his toes while Jim and I soaked up the rays. It was a gorgeous day. After exploring some RV parks (click here to read reviews as posted by Jim) and taking some sun and beach time, we had a wonderful lunch at SassyBass Amazin’ Grill.  The place was cool looking, the server was fun, and the food was good.  If you are in the Ft. Morgan/Gulf Shores area, Jim and I recommend it.

Part of me wanted to feel guilty about the lovely weather and day we were having when I knew family and friends in the frozen tundra north and east (Northern most Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, D. C., and Virginia) were getting sleet, ice, snow, and frigid temps, but unfortunately, Jim and I were having too much fun and feeling too blessed. Here’s some snapshots of the day.

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Chewie loves checking out stumps and drift wood.

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Salt water and beach

Beach and Sun Time

Beach and Sun Time

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SassyBass Amazin’ Grill

4 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Wrap Up and Enjoying the Warmth

  1. SassyBass…..ugh! We had to walk out one morning…not only was the food not cooked the place was filthy! Pensacola had a great parade and ours here in Gulf Shores…was ok? Now I’m ready for the warm up again! Brrrrrrrrr!

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  2. Wow! We had two completely different experiences at the restaurant; I’m sorry yours was a bad one. Everything was clean when we were there, even the bathroom. And as we wrote, the food and service was great for our one and only trip there last week. I hope no one else has a bad experience if someone should go because we liked it.

    It sounds like you had fun for Mardi Gras, and I agree 100% on wanting more warm weather!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Angela

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  3. We spent Mardi Gras in Alabama and Mississippi, too. I’m going to have to write a treatise on the myths of Mardi Gras, like, the whole Gulf Coast has Mardi Gras celebrations, not just NOLA; and no, I didn’t have to flash anyone anything to get those huge piles of beads.

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