Day 35 – Skipping along the gulf coast

Did you know that there was a Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama before it was in New Orleans? Neither did I before I visited the Mobile Mardi Gras museum. Apparently the one Mobile was started by some guys wondering around the town drunk and ringing cow bells on New Years Eve. Apparently the history of the Mardi Gras in Mobile has a lengthy and honoured tradition with kings, queens and debutantes. Interesting traditions, if somewhat old-fashioned today. The museum has quite a lot of outfits from kings and queens, slightly less about the actual Mardi Gras, but worth visits all the same.

In Mississippi we visited the tourist centre – this might seem lame, but each state has a welcome centre just inside its borders and they are very well staffed with knowledgeable and helpful people. Some give you free coffee or juice and free post cards! Anyway the Mississippi tourist lady directed us to a nice restaurant which turned out to literally be a shed in an RV park, (which we might have tried except I don’t eat meat and there was a pig on their logo) we tried the next suggestion, which we couldn’t find. It worked out well though as we found a great seafood restaurant and we each ordered a huge plate of fried fish and shrimp and all sorts of stuff. It was great and we felt very Mississippian sitting on the porch overlooking the ocean at sunset.

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