Some people from Alabama have a billboard erected in Slidell, LA with the claim that Mobile, Alabama was the original Mardi Gras; hoping to siphon off a few tourists, I guess. Maybe it was; maybe wasn't. We're getting a little trolling from the Yellowhammer State, I guess. Oh well, Mobile has been singing this song for a long time.
But whatever they do in Mobile, they do it in a half-assed way. If you can imagine a purely family-oriented Mardi Gras! And OMFG: they throw Moon Pies there; and boob-flashing is not expected and probably discouraged by the High Sheriff or whoever does the law there.
Here's a little ditty, "In Mobile."
Two years ago, USA Today had an article listing the ten best Mardi Gras celebrations. The ones in Nice, France, Quebec, and Rio sound like fun.
Actually, some towns in Acadian Country have their own Mardi Gras! They can be fun, and are high octane, too.