History

  • 1868 – 1881 Joe Cain first took to the streets on Mardi Gras in front of his Lost Cause Minstrel Band to revive the spirit of Mobile following the War and to create a festival for the people, one that anyone could participate in without joining a “mystic.”   He led his merry band for some thirteen years and faded from the scene feeling that all was well.
  • 1881 -1942 The free and open concept of footmarching continued on Mardi Gras up until World War II began.  Dozens of groups large to small and individual merrymakers costumed and took to the streets to participate in the annual celebration.
  • 1946 – 1966 Following World War II this spirit of the people was again absent, or at least greatly diminished and threatened to eventually die out completely.
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