Congratulations. We survived the first week of Mardi Gras. And even had to keep partying on Sunday with the Super Bowl. It was a long weekend, but there is no rest for the weary. We have to keep it up. With two full weekends, including Joe Cain, then Lundi Gras and Fat Tuesday, we have our work cut out for us. I believe in us though. I really do. Just remember to build a base with the MoonPies. This is very important.

But enough with the pep talk and advice. Time to get to the good stuff.

The good times they are a rolling
On Friday night, The Conde Cavaliers got the Mobile parading season kicked off with their floats featuring “Mythical Beasts.” Though none seemed to feature Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch, there were serpents and dragons and other scary creatures.

And later on at their ball, the folks over at Barrett Greer Design really slung it up in high style again, creating a two-headed 3D dragon on their stage to go along with their theme. They also did the Pierrettes ball last weekend, and it was truly stunning. Their theme was “Behind the Mask” and my spies said the set looked like an exquisite art gallery. These guys are really bringing it this year as far as the décor goes.

On Saturday, the Bayport Parading Society, Pharaohs, Order of Hebe and Conde Explorers kept the party going on the streets of Mobile. My spies said it was a fun parade, though a bit chilly.

I am told the Conde Cavaliers were the most generous with their throws of all the societies who paraded last weekend. We hear the strangest throws received from all of last weekend’s parades included a plastic pair of baby sandals with the tag still on them (at least they were new!), a shower cap, sidewalk chalk and an assortment of stuffed animals with varying degrees of crust and funk on them. I’m also told boxes of Nutty Buddies and Oatmeal Crème Pies proved to be delicious but quite painful when they hit you in the head.

At press time, we got word the Dauphin Street Drunks and Wild Mauvilians would be invading downtown Tuesday night, Feb. 3. So if you saw a bunch of Indians and Pirates, that’s probably who it was. We will have a full report on their shenanigans next issue.
Oh, Mardi Gras. How I love thee. Let the good times keep on rolling.

That grass is bada$$
On Sunday night, the New England Patriots bested the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLIX. There were a few players who had spent time in the state of Alabama. The Patriots’ Don’t’a Hightower played at the University of Alabama as did the Seahawks’ James Carpenter. And of the course the play of the game, the final Patriots interception to clench the win was made by University of West Alabama rookie Malcolm Butler, who had worked at Popeyes before joining the team.

But the biggest Alabama star of the evening was the field itself. The turf was trucked in from Bent Oak Farm in Foley, Ala., and got a big shout out from announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. They even mentioned it was the hometown of Kenny “The Snake” Stabler. Talk about a victory for one local company, who also provides the grass for Bryant-Denny and Jordan Hare stadiums, among others in the NFL.

Bruce Willis needs you
He does. I’m serious. He needs you to be an extra in his new film that will be shot in the Port City. The film is titled “Extraction” and will begin shooting Feb. 9. Um, question, do they realize it’s Mardi Gras? I hope they don’t need any downtown streets shut down. Not even Bruce Willis can mess up our Gras. Yippee ki yay, mother-scratchers!

Come to the (Gulf) Coast, we’ll have a few laughs,” says Bruce Willis. Not really, but he is filming  a new movie here and they need extras. Help him out.

Come to the (Gulf) Coast, we’ll have a few laughs,” says Bruce Willis. Not really, but he is filming a new movie here and they need extras. Help him out.


Anyway, if you would like to get your big break into the cutthroat world of acting in Lower Alabama, email a head shot and full body shot to EXTRACTIONEXTRAS@GMAIL.COM. You will also need to include your name, age, phone number, height and weight.

Well kids, that’s all I got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or some plain ol’ Gras lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!