February 27

Mardi Gras
Mystic Stripers Society is set to roll through the streets of downtown Mobile at 6:30 p.m. along Route A. Celebrating their 75th Anniversary the Stripers are expected to have 17 floats and multiple bands to help celebrate.

Stay Active
Mobile Public Library Parkway branch offers an afternoon of Wii dances games for children ages 6-14. The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. Contact: 251-470-7766/ www.mplonine.org


February 28

Tee Off For a Cure
Children’s of Alabama will host its “Tee Off Fore a Cure” Feb. 28 –March 1. The pre-party and silent auction will kick off the weekend at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Wash House. The golf tournament will take place at Lakewood Golf Club on Saturday, along with the second annual Gracie’s Golf Ball Drop. Proceeds benefit the Alabama Centers for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. For more details or to register for the golf tournament contact Kerrie Benson, Children’s development associate, at 251-610-4969, or visit childrensal.kintera.org/14teeoff.

Futures Project
The Futures Project is an exhibition that examines future possibilities for the Gulf Coast, featuring work by emerging and established visual artists of international stature. The exhibition will be at Centre for the Living Arts, Space 301 (301 Conti St) Wed – Sat, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun, noon – 5 p.m.; Fri, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission for members is free; nonmembers: adults/ $5; seniors and students/ $3; children under 12/ free. Contact: 251-208-5671 or www.centreforthelivingarts.com for more information.

Mardi Gras
The Crewe of Columbus will roll through downtown at 6:30 p.m. on parade Route A. The Crewe will have their mainstay floats, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria along with 15 other floats and some of Mobile’s best bands.


March 1

First Saturday For Families
For up to four family members, including at least one adult. An in-depth tutorial in figure drawing led by museum educators; all materials included. First Sat, 10 AM. Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Dr.) Members/ free; nonmembers/ free with paid admission ($3) Reservations recommended. 251-208-5205. Contact: 251-208-5205/ www.mobilemuseumofart.com

Mardi Gras
Set to take to the streets of Prichard is the Krewe of Goats Parade. This year’s honorable “Goatman” is Jodie Robbins. The Krewe of Goats will be at noon. It will follow the Krewe of Kids at 11:30. In Mobile Route A will be busy. At noon the Floral Parade will begin, with the Mobile Mystical Ladies following a 1 p.m. and Order of Angels at 1:30 p.m. Later, at 6:30 p.m. the Mystics of Time, known for their fire-breathing dragons will take to the streets with a total of 19 floats and bands from all over the Gulf Coast. There will be 16 bands all of which are competing in MOTs battle of the bands.


March 2

24th Annual Joe Cain Classic Run
The fun will begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Mobile. The Joe Cain Classic is much more than a 5k run, it’s a great family event featuring a one-mile walk/run and a quarter mile “Moon Pie” dash for kids of all ages. Stick around after the race for a Mardi Gras block party, refreshments, music and a visit from Joe Cain’s widows. Most importantly, the race is an opportunity to provide financial assistance to the challenged athletic program. Visit bayarearunner.com for more information.

Joe Cain Day
The Joe Cain Procession will begin at 2:30 p.m., the procession will be led by Wayne Dean Sr. along Route A. Beginning at 5 p.m. is the Le Krewe de Bienville parade will take to the streets of Downtown with at least 7 floats.

Open Studio
Artists at work; complimentary mimosas; works by more than 60 area artists on display. Sun, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cathedral Square Gallery (612 Dauphin St)


March 3

Lundi Gras
Along Route A will be multiple parades. King Felix III will make his entrance along with the Floral Parade at noon. At 3 p.m. the Krewe of the Avenue sponsored by the MLK Business and Civic Organization will take to the streets with close to 36 units. Followed by MLK Monday Mystics at 3:30 p.m. On Route D will be the Northside Merchants Association riding at 4 p.m. will as many as 36 units. Back on Route A, Leading into Mardi Gras day is the Infant Mystics or IMs, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. The parade will include 13 floats and multiple marching bands. The Prichard Mardi Gras Association will parade through Prichard at 1 p.m. The parade will include the PMGA, which is the King and Queen along with their court and the juvenile court.


March 4

Fat Tuesday
To start Fat Tuesday off right will be the Order of Athena parade celebrating their 60th anniversary at 10:30 a.m. along Route A. Following at 12:30 p.m. is the Knights of Revelry, KOR known for the Folly swinging the silver inflated cow bladders. Along with the Folly will be 13 other floats to look forward too. The MCA King Felix will make his entrance at 1 p.m. with the always entertaining, Comic Cowboys following at 1:30 p.m. The MAMGA Mammoth Parade will parade on Route B at 2 p.m. Closing out Mardi Gras will be the Order of Myths on Route C at 6 p.m. Leading the parade is the famous Folly and Death chasing each other with inflated pig bladders on a float pulled by mules.


March 5

Southeastern Theatre Conference
Over 4,000 actors, professional company representatives, design and technical professionals, theatre educators, students from universities and high schools, commercial exhibitors, university representatives, community theatre producers and participants – those who practice theatre as a vocation and those who hold it as their avocation – will gather for the nation’s largest theatre convention. Contact: www.setc.org