The City of Gulf Shores will expand its role as lead organizers for the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade, set to roll Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.

This Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade dates back to 1978 when a group of locals formed the Pleasure Island Players and thus Mardi Gras began in Gulf Shores. A year later the Mystic Order of Shiners joined the Pleasure Island Players to become what is now the oldest parading order in Baldwin County.

In 1984 Judy Kaiser volunteered and joined the parade committee as a member of the Mystic Order of Shines. For 31 years she has worked to cultivate a successful event and long standing tradition in Gulf Shores. When the time came to choose her successor Kaiser chose the City of Gulf Shores.

Kaiser explained the city has always participated with the parade and had a good working relationship with the committee.

“Over the years the City’s events program has grown and they put on quality events,” she said. “31 years has been a lot of fun and I will continue to volunteer and be a part of the parade.”

Kaiser has been named the Grand Marshall for the parade in honor of her service and years of hard work.

“It really touched my heart,” said Kaiser who further expressed her excitement and gratitude for the opportunity.

“We’re happy to carry on the long standing tradition of the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade,” said Mayor Robert Craft. “This family oriented parade has become a favorite of residents, children and winter visitors,” he said. “We look forward to continuing it in the years to come.”

Anyone interested in entering the parade can do so by registering online or by contacting Erica Bassett at 251-968-1434. The deadline to register for the parade is January 28.