Friday, March 4, 2011

The Mystic Stripers Society parade, Mobile, Alabama

The best floats of Mardi Gras parades so far was last night at the Mystic Stripers parade. Remember each float cost between $50,000-$100,000. The society is celebrating its 72nd anniversary. It was founded in 1939 by a pair of friends. One worked at the Imperial Laundry on Royal Street, and one season he suggested that they don the convicts' attire they had cleaned from the prison in Atmore. Hence, the name Mystic Stripers.

The event will pay tribute to professions, i.e., Jacks of all Trades, including doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs.

Leading the way will be the Zebra Emblem float, followed by the Tiger Emblem float. The circus wagons roll into view next, followed by the King's float, the Anniversary float and the Title float.

The first of the redesigned themed floats, "Construction Workers," is next, followed by "Policemen & Firemen," "Cowboys," "Astronauts," "Farmers," Musicians," "Military" (armed forces), "Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs," "Hunters," "Athletes" and "Chefs."

People thought this float was a little suggestive

Unfortunately a fight broke out of a stuffed animal thrown