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The reveler's guide to Mardi Gras
         2016 Magazine Coming!


The 2016 issue of Mobile Mask is now in the works, and the advertising sales window is open! This is the cover, featuring artwork by Mobile artist Jeff Jordan. The magazine will hit local stores and this web site in the first days of January. It will be chock full of feature stories about the people, organizations, and history of Mobile-area Mardi Gras. What kind of stories? How about a profile of the Comic Cowboys? Or one of the area's premier makers of those spectacular royal trains? Or the fascinating story of Mobile's first Mardi Gras Empress? That's just a taste. The magazine, of course, will also be chock full of parade schedules, routes, a ball schedule, Mardi Gras news, and on and on. If you're interested in advertising, just drop us an email at

        New Joe Cain Web Page!

    More like a revised page, actually. The Joe Cain Day page is now the Joe Cain page, and it leads off with the groundbreaking Joe Cain story that was published in the 2015 Mobile Mask magazine.
    Usually, the Mask does not post feature stories from the magazine on the web site, but this one is so important, we thought that everyone should be able to see it and quote from it.
    Below that article, you'll find a description of Joe Cain Day. To see the page, just click on "joe cain" in the list on the left.

                     PARADE COVERAGE
The Mask videos and/or photographs the vast majority of Mardi Gras parades in the Mobile area. Coverage of 2015's parades is now complete! (whew)
   Simply click on the icon below, and you'll find links to this year's parade coverage.
   To see photos and videos of parades going back to 2012, click on "parading groups" in the column to the left, then click on the group you're interested in.
   If you'd like to see our Best of 2015 presentations, click on the second icon below. Just scroll down a little - you can't miss it.


           JOIN MRS. MASK on FACEBOOK!


   Mrs. Mask now has her own Facebook page. She'll be posting all kinds of things about her life during and after Mardi Gras, her tips for a successful season, some of her favorite Mardi Gras things, even some recipes. Get to her page by clicking here.

                                       GET THE APP!
   The Mobile Mask app - the first and only app dedicated solely to Mardi Gras in south Alabama - is available through the Google Play store and iTunes. It works on tablets and phones.
   Parade schedule, routes, ball listing, and so much more!
   Oh, yeah, and it's FREE! What're you waiting for? Install that puppy NOW!


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                THE MYSTIC TRAVELER

   Here's the dealio: The 2014 issue of Mobile Mask magazine included a Q&A with the man who wrote the Masked Observer column for the Press-Register for 20 years.
   Like so many other Register employees, he was let go in 2012. The Register still has a Masked Observer column, but it has not been written by the original MO since 2011.
   In 2012 and 2013, he was silent, not writing at all about Mardi Gras, not even attending any Mardi Gras events. Then in 2014, after being "outed" by Mobile Mask, he contributed nearly daily ruminations about Mardi Gras to the Mask's Facebook page under the nom de plume Original Masked Observer. However, he never really left the comfort of the drawing room of his mansion on Goat Island.
   Well, this year, he had a new gig, and he was back in de rigueur. Adopting the moniker of The Mystic Traveler, he prowled through Mobile-area Mardi Gras balls and reported on his adventures through the Mobile Bay magazine web site, which can be found here.
   If you missed the tidbits that the OMO sent to Mobile Mask last year, you can find them all in one spot by clicking here. It's kind of like binge-watching an entire season of "House of Cards."

   The Mardi Gras News page on this web site, as well as the Mask's Facebook and Twitter accounts (see the bottom of this page), are great ways to stay on top of Mardi Gras developments all year long, because the Mask knows no "off-season."

          When it comes to Mardi Gras in Mobile,
              the Mask has everything you need!



   For nearly 150 years now, Mobile, Alabama, has been known as the Mother of Mystics.
   Say what you will about who started Mardi Gras - Mobile or New Orleans - it's a fact that Mobilians started the first mystic society. Without those societies, there would be no Mardi Gras as we know it today.
   This web site is for all Mobile-area revelers, experienced and novice, native and visitor. The site is a companion to the annual Mobile Mask magazine. Mobile Mask is an independent media outlet, solely owned by Thrown Ventures LLC, and is not affiliated with any particular parading group or other organization.
   Through the Mask, you'll find schedules, route information, coverage of the most recent parades, and news items all year long, so come back often. Now, go ahead, click a button and take a look around.

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                 Mobile Mask is a proud member of the Chamber
    and a partner with the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau