Photo: Twitter/@MayorStimpson!.?.! MOBILE, AL- In 1702, the location now known as Mobile, Alabama was named as the very first capital of’French Louisiana,’ and though state lines have actually given that altered, Mobile residents stay pleased with their French heritage.
During 2020’s Mardi Gras season this pride was front and center as the city erected what its Mayor, Sandy Stimpson, described as “the world’s largest Mardi Gras tree.”
While some simply change Christmas ornaments with beads and other trinkets captured at parades, others choose more elegant decorations.
This year, the city of Mobile chose to go with the latter design for its tree.
Standing tall in Mobile’s Mardi Gras Park, the tree is dressed up in brilliant lights and carries a brilliant purple “M” for “Mardi Gras” at its top.
The lights were turned on throughout a Thursday night celebration featuring live music and Mayor Stimpson reading an official proclamation that acknowledged the city for having “the oldest verified arranged Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, starting in 1703” as well as “the first formally arranged Mardi Gras parade in the United States in 1830.”
The tree is formally lit! It’s Mardi Gras time in the city!! https://t.co/iwZyc2qfGp
February 7, 2020 Mobile’s very first downtown parade of the season, The Conde Cavaliers, rolls at 6:30 p.m., Friday.