Joe Cain Day 2017

Official Chief Slac Communication from Wragg Swamp

Dateline: Wragg’s Classic Vale: Mobile, Alabama. (February 25, 2017) The eve of Joe Cain Day 2017 finds, Old Slacabamorinico IV, the real King of Carnival and Mobile’s Ambassador, pondering all that has happened since Carnival invaded “hisself’s” domain on Twelfth Night past.

For the first time in two years The Chief, Slac IV in the succession of feathers, is back in front of the entire Joe Cain Day celebration as intended by its founders.

Thus Slac has selected as the official motto for the 2017 Joe Cain Procession “The King “hisself” Is on the Throne: All is Well in the Kingdom.”

Leading the official and original Joe Cain Procession atop his regal coal wagon pulled by his noble mule team of Gus and Bisquit, Old Slac will cut a fine figure sporting a new shirt fashioned from original sketches recently discovered in the dark corners of the swamp.

Slac IV will be followed by the Excelsior Band and the footmarchers and it’s unusual mix of characters who compose the people’s parade as they have since 1967. The 36 or so units, sponsored by the Parading Society and manned by the wonderful fun-loving groups will follow and amaze the crowd with their Carnival antics and voluptuous throws.

It has come to “hisself’s” attention by a covert message slipped into his quarters that there will be a Slac “helper” riding with the Joe Cain Parading Society. Old Slac is pleased with the news as he, like Santa, can use all the help in handling the mundane tasks of the royal throne while “hisself” is making official visits on behalf of the Procession and the city of Mobile.

Slac invites all from One to 101 to come out and Revel – Have a Good Time But Don’t Get Bad.


Chief Slac is Back

Chief Slac Returns to the Front!!

Uncle Henry at Joe Cain Day



About The Joe Cain Marching Society, Inc.

On the Sunday after Mardi Gras 1971, a group of concerned individuals met to discuss plans for a more organized group to gather each Mardi Gras Sunday for a procession to the Old Church Street Graveyard where services are held at the gravesite of Joe Cain. The purpose of this group is to promote more interest in the annual pilgrimage to honor the man who revived Mardi Gras in Mobile after the Civil War. At this first meeting in February 1971 officer's were chosen: Al Owen as President or Chairman, Julian Lee Rayford, the event's founder in 1967 , as Vice Chairman and Wayne Dean as Corresponding Secretary. In 2014 the Joe Cain Marching Society filed paperwork in order to incorporate and gain tax exempt status. This became necessary after so many years because of a movement to put restrictions on the marchers by the Joe Cain Parading Society which represents the float riders. In an effort to save the traditions of the past 47 processions the Joe Cain Marching Society's purpose is to provide an open atmosphere for citizens of the city and visitors alike, whether individuals, families or groups, to participate freely in the annual Joe Cain Procession “peoples’ procession” with no expectation of having to pay a fee or to join a society and to do so in accordance with the purposes established in 1868 by Joe Cain and as reaffirmed by Julian Lee Rayford in 1967 when he began the “holiday for all the people.
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