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


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  • 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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