While the streets of downtown Mobile will be filled with mystics and revelers, LuLu Buffett will once again offer an excellent South Baldwin County alternative. Each year, Buffett designates Fat Tuesday to celebrate her landmark restaurant’s role as a Gulf Coast haven for Parrotheads and Trop Rockers. The day-long party gives new meaning to the term “Mardi Gras float,” with an extensive Mardi Gras boat parade that cruises past the deck on the Intracoastal Canal.
George Porter & His Runnin’ Pardners will once again help the crowd celebrate. Porter is an icon in the history of funk. As a founding member of The Meters, his unmatchable bass skills echoed through the ‘70s and beyond. Now, Porter keeps a full tour schedule with a talented backing band lending support.
When the sun sets, Mobile’s The Deluxe Trio will take the stage and ease the crowd into the evening. With their classic Americana sound, The Deluxe Trio is a Mobile favorite with an impressive repertoire of original cuts and crowd favorites. The band should provide a perfect opportunity to ease into Ash Wednesday.
LuLu’s Mardi Gras 16th anniversary boat parade and celebration
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.
Venue: Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, 200 E. 25th Ave., www.lulubuffett.com