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Mobile is not only recognized as the location of the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to "America's Family Mardi Gras" delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation. This magnificent celebration lasts over two and a half weeks and concludes on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. For weeks, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats and, of course, teeming crowds of parade-goers. The floats are glowing spectacles manned by masked riders festooned in satin and sequins, and armed with crowd-pleasing "throws" such as beads, MoonPies, doubloons and candy. Mardi Gras must be experienced to be fully understood, and Mobile is the perfect place.



Mar 5-Mar 9, Selma. Bridge Crossing Jubilee. 334-526-2626. Admission charged. National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. The weekend is a commemoration of the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and the Selma to Montgomery March. Activities include a pageant, a dance, women and youth conferences, a parade, festival, interfaith service and National Voting Rights Hall of Fame induction.


Live entertainment will be going on throughout the three-day event, and unique cuisine will be served in the food court. BRATS offers a shuttle for $2 each way from the shopping center parking lots at the intersection of Fairhope Avenue and Greeno Road. Call 251-928-6387 or 621-8222 for more information.


Outdoor Flea Market



Apr 10-12, Eufaula. Eufaula Pilgrimage. 334-687-3793. Admission charged. Alabama's oldest tour of homes features guided tours of historical sites, an art show, antique show and more. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.



A foot-stompin', pig-chompin' two-day festival on the grounds of the Huntsville Depot.


Southern Makers is an annual event that celebrates creativity in Alabama. Our purpose is to bring together handpicked top talent - artists, chefs, breweries, craftsmen and designers - to one central place, making it easy for adventurers to get a sampling of Alabama’s best.

Gulf Shores

May 15-17, 2015. Gulf Shores. The Hangout Music Festival. 251-948-3030. Gulf Shores Beach, The Hangout. A festival featuring an impressive lineup of bands and musicians performing on the white, sand beaches of Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast.


May 23 - 24, Decatur. 800-524-6181. Free. Point Mallard Park. Enjoy balloon races, key grab, tether rides, balloon glow, arts and crafts, entertainment and more. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.



Jun. 20, Brewton. Alabama Blueberry Festival. 251-867-3224. Burnt Corn Creek Park. This festival has original arts and crafts, car show. There is also a children's section, live entertainment, blueberries, blueberry bushes, cookbooks and food. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.



Jul 4, Decatur. Spirit of America Festival. 800-232-5449 or 800-524-6181. Free. Point Mallard Park. A large fireworks show.



Stroll through the park with your pooch! All pets welcome.