What to Know About Mardi Gras in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Ready to dive into a sea of vibrant colors, lively music, and the thrill of catching airborne treasures? Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are gearing up for a Mardi Gras celebration that promises not just beads but an unforgettable experience for friends and family. And guess what? Brett/Robinson is your launch pad for a rip-roarin’ good time fit for a king! Here are a few things to know about one of our favorite festivals. 

Mardi Gras Parades Galore

Picture this: not one, not two, but five parades weaving through the streets, each offering its unique charm. It’s not just about the throws; it’s about the artistry and revelry that unfolds with every float and the participants’ grandiose presentations. The parades are strategically scheduled, ensuring you won’t miss a moment of the festivities. You’ll also notice a friendly rivalry between the two communities, adding another layer of fun to the celebration.

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

The Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade begins at 10:00 am on West 19th Street, winds its way along the boulevard, and culminates in a grand finale at Gulf Place Public Beach. Get ready to live like a local, immerse yourself in the vibrant characters and costumes, and be part of a tradition that gets bigger every year.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade

The Orange Beach Parade has become an annual spectacle, with tens of thousands of patrons assembling along Perdido Beach Boulevard. The parade kicks off at 2:00 p.m. and traces a two-mile journey along the corridor, complete with shuffling musical ensembles, flamboyant floats, and of course, a seemingly endless abundance of beads. Keep an eye out for Gulf Shores paraders merging with the Orange Beach troop and tossing their friendly rivalry to the curb.

Introducing the Mystics of Pleasure

With their Harley-Davidsons roaring, the Mystics of Pleasure will kick off the celebration with a ball and parade that has captivated the crowd since 2001. It’s a unique twist on the traditional Mardi Gras parade, adding an extra dose of jubilation to the evening air. The streets come alive as the Mystics roll at 5:30 p.m., setting the stage for a night to remember.

LuLu’s Boat Parade Extravaganza

One of Gulf Shore’s renowned restaurants, LuLu’s, will take the party to the water with a birthday and Fat Tuesday extravaganza on February 13. Free birthday cake, musical guests, a masquerade, and a boat parade—a Mardi Gras party catering to adults and children. Feel the breeze as you soak in the festivities on the waterfront—an experience that adds a touch of maritime magic to the carnival celebration.

Lundi Gras for the Kiddos

Don’t miss MoonPies on Main at The Wharf on Monday, February 12, for Lundi Gras—a family-friendly celebration featuring a kids parade down Main Street. With a DJ and other fun and games, it’s the perfect prelude to the night float parade starting at 6 p.m. The revelry isn’t just for grownups; it’s a chance for the youngsters to join in the Mardi Gras excitement.

The Boulevard of Hidden Gems

Choosing your spot along the parade route is an art form in itself. Finding the perfect nook where you can raise your hands, shout with joy, and, if luck is on your side, snag a MoonPie mid-air is no easy task. Suppose you can’t find a good spot to watch the parade. Why not embark on the Mardi Gras Food Trail to discover hidden culinary gems, from savory delights to sweet treats, putting an ear-to-ear smile on your face?

Vacation Rentals and Hotels for Mardi Gras in Gulf Shores

As we approach Fat Tuesday and the wackiness unfolds, Gulf Shores will become an epicenter of cultural immersion and new experiences. There’s an event for everyone, making it the perfect vacation destination for a Mardi Gras extravaganza. So, grab your beads, don your festive attire, and get ready to dive into the magic of Mardi Gras with Brett/Robinson!