NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The city of Mobile, Ala., celebrates Mardi Gras in a big way with days of events and bills its observance as the original Mardi Gras, started in 1703. Mobile was the first capital of Louisiana.
Tuesday's parade events in Mobile include:
10:30 am.....Order of Athena
12:30 pm.....Knights of Revelry
1:00 pm.....King Felix
1:30 pm.....Comic Cowboys
While Mobile has celebrated Mardi Gras in a big way for centuries, New Orleans has become more well-known for its celebrations in recent times. And staying warm is a major theme of this year's costumes for Fat Tuesday.
On the 7:30 a.m. ferry from New Orleans' West Bank to Canal Street, Tracy Thomas wore a fuzzy, hooded pink zip-up suit over other clothes. She described her costume as her warm and comfortable pajamas.
She and neighbor Christine Stephens are heading to what has become their traditional Mardi Gras breakfast spot. Then they are going to get a good spot outside a po'boy sandwich shop to watch the Zulu parade.
Stephens wore a lavender wig, black pants, jacket and top hat and lacy lavender half-gloves. She described her costume as a cross between Goth and Lolita. Then she changed that to pastel Goth. She says she decided to forego a short skirt because it's cold.
Tuesday's forecast was for cloudy skies, temperatures in the 60s (15 Celsius), and a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.
Tens of thousands of revelers are expected on New Orleans streets for parades and rowdy fun as Mardi Gras caps the Carnival season in a city with a celebration of its own, its 300th anniversary.
The anniversary of this Louisiana port city will feature prominently in Fat Tuesday's festivities.
Rex is New Orleans' oldest parading Carnival group. It is celebrating the tricentennial with 21 of its 28 floats commemorating its history from those who lived in the area before Europeans settled it in 1718 to the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.