To the Editor:
Regarding Randy Kennedy’s column in the April 14-20 issue headlined “Let the good times roll on a new Senior Bowl date,” Mr. Kennedy might have problems with the changes in the NFL schedule affecting the Senior Bowl schedule, but I can assure your readers that this will not be a problem for Mardi Gras in Mobile.
Since 2013, the Senior Bowl has been played on a parade day five times — 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. In three of those years, the game occurred on the same day as downtown parade days.
In fact, Mr. Kennedy lamented that the probable new date of the 2022 game — Feb. 5 — would conflict with a Dauphin Island parade. He’s correct — the Dauphin Island People’s Parade is slated for that day. What he doesn’t mention is that the “old” game date of Jan. 29 would have been on the same day as the first Dauphin Island parade of the season, the Krewe de la Dauphine.
This small traffic jam in our community schedule has posed little, if any, conflict, and has been handled easily with some slight shifts in times of parades.
In fact, the problem was never “the downtown crowding,” as he put it. The problem was police manpower. It was difficult for the Mobile Police Department to adequately staff the game and a downtown parade at the exact same time.
With much of the police duties for the game — I assume — being handled by USA campus police now that the game is being played at Hancock Whitney Stadium, staffing for Mobile PD should no longer be as much of a concern on those days.
Many times, parades are also scheduled at the same time as the Super Bowl. Sometimes that affects turnout, sometimes it doesn’t.
Mardi Gras will take it all in stride.
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Editor’s Note: Mr. Kennedy also pointed out positives about the situation discussed in this column, saying “it’s a good problem to address” and it would “allow Senior Bowl visitors to be introduced to one of our awesome local events.” You can read the full column at lagniappemobile.com/let-the-good-times-roll-on-a-new-senior-bowl-date.
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