MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association celebrated its 75th Anniversary on Fat Tuesday. The Mammoth Parade rolled earlier this year because of the rain, but that did not stop revelers from coming out to support.
It kicked off at 1:30 instead of two avoid a heavy down pour. Along with the rain, beads, candy, teddy bears, and moon pies came down on eager revelers.
One rider said, "When the float first moves, you get excited. And it begins to move. This is like Christmas to us."
This year's floats were decked out in bling. It was the year of diamonds, a them chosen to represent 75 years of existence. MAMGA started in the early 1900s. The organization held its first parade in Mobile in 1939 and presented its first Royal court in 1940.
Nearly 30 floats traveled along downtown for the Mammoth Parade. Dozens came out despite the pouring rain including reigning Junior King Dylan Ross Merriweather.
"Rain or no rain we're still going to have fun, and we're still having parades," said Junior King Merriweather.
Many traveled from out of town to join in the Mardi Gras Celebration.
"We are from Mississippi. We are glad to be here. We come down here every year. We love it. I don't care about the rain," said one out of town reveler.