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New Mardi Gras Flag Debuts

One of the greatest things about Mardi Gras in Mobile is that it evokes such an energy in the city.  People walk with a certain pep and you can almost smell the excitement. Mobile is electric and her people are ecstatic.

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We got word that a new flag was in the works a couple of  months ago but  didn’t have a clue as to what it would look like.

What will it look like? Will it be colorful? Will it feature Joe Cain? Will it be as detailed as our floats that parade the streets? Will it look like Mobile Mardi Gras? Will we like it? 

Before we answer the last question, let’s take it back a bit.

Back to 1987.

Back in 1987,  the YWCA produced an ‘official’ Mobile Mardi Gras Flag, having the copyright to sell the flags with the profits going back to the YWCA. They held the copyright up until over ten years ago, then the YWCA stopped operating.

Mobile is a city where colorful beads hang from the trees 365 days a year. We ooze Mardi Gras pride and have been wanting another flag for…ever!

Fast forward to modern-day and we bring you a gentleman named, Stephen McNair.

Recognizing the void,  Stephen led the charge on creating a new design that Mobilians could pridefully display on a flag.  He set out to create a design that represented all Mardi Gras organizations and serve as a symbol of the annual celebration we all hold so dear.

Holy MoonPie that sounds like a major undertaking, right?  He met with community folks, numerous parading organizations, civic stakeholders,  marching clubs, mystic societies (and more!)  He summarized all of the feedback  and handed it over to the design team.

Now, let’s talk about that question…will we like it?

Stephen McNair, a proud Mobilian and historic preservationist took on a project that hits so close to home (anything Mardi Gras related).   

And, he did it well.    

New Mardi Gras Flag 2018

Using only the original Mobile Mardi Gras colors ( purple and gold) and displaying the year 1703 (which represents the first year Mardi Gras was celebrated in Mobile)  this new design is simply perfect.

As promised, the new flag is officially available for purchase. So be sure to deck your halls with the newest flag in town…get it HERE!

-Visit Mobile 

2018 Mobile Mardi Gras Schedules!

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Hot off the press, y’all.  The 2018 Mobile Mardi Gras Schedules are here!!

You can find these little babies around Mobile at various hotels, restaurants and Visit Mobile’s Welcome Center {located at 111 S. Royal Street.}  Or, you can click HERE and download your printable version immediately.

First parade of 2018 hits the streets of Downtown Mobile on January 26! As always, we’ll be keeping you updated on all things #MobileMardiGras here, there and every…well you get the idea!  

-Visit Mobile  

 

Haint Blue Takes on the Great American Beer Festival

We are thrilled for our friends at Haint Blue Brewing Co. who will soon hit the road for Colorado where the Great American Beer Fest awaits them!

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The talented team is entering their crowd-pleasing saffron saison {Marianne} into the competition (October 5-7) in Denver, Colorado!

The Great American Beer Festival awards gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 96 beer-style categories. We admit– we are a little bias, but Marianne should absolutely come home with a gold!

We’ll keep you updated on their adventure straight from the team in Denver.  In the meantime, check out their website on how you can get a taste of Marianne!   http://haintbluebrew.com/

 

-Visit Mobile

Stories Are Brewing

We had the pleasure of hosting our first Craft Beer Blogger last month and what a fun couple of days that was!  In case you didn’t know, Mobile is quite the up-and-coming brewery scene as three breweries are either under construction or set to open soon. It’s exciting times for our historic city that loves to celebrate!

It was a hot afternoon in June when Bryan Richards of  The Wandering Gourmand landed in Mobile from his home in Charlotte, NC.

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Meet Bryan!

When one of the first things out of his mouth made us laugh  – we knew this was going to be a fun couple of days with our new friend.

We set him up with the folks who are opening the three Mobile breweries –  Haint Blue Brewing Co., Serda’s Brewing Co and Iron Hand Brewing for tours and interviews. We also drove across Mobile Bay to give him a taste of Fairhope Brewing Company.

When we weren’t meeting with those fine folks,  we took him to our local craft beer establishments where visitors and locals alike hang out and drink cold brews.  Loda Bier Garten, Old Shell Growlers and The Haberdasher welcomed this beer lover {and his questions} with a bottomless mug.

In between his visits, he ate. And ate…and ate…and ate.

We make no secret that Mobile’s food scene is downright delectable.  With Bryan’s audience being craft beer enthusiasts,  we wanted to match the cuisine appropriately.

Bryan sank his teeth into burgers from LoDa Bier Garten and Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, devoured a hot dog from Drew Drop Inn, destroyed beignets from Panini Pete’s, chowed down on tacos and sushi from OK Bicycle Shop/Liquid Sushi and showed the Eggs Cathedral from Spot of Tea who was boss. We should also mention the moment of silence that occurred when he tasted the Corned Beef Hash that Tony cooks up at Bob’s Downtown Diner.  

It was a full couple of days for Bryan {pun intended} but he couldn’t of been a better sport!

Since it was his first trip to Mobile, we had to make sure he saw more than just beer and food. {Not that Just beer and food is a bad thing} He road a duck boat with Gulf Coast Ducks, toured the Mobile Carnival Museum, popped into The Fort of Colonial Mobile and we took him on a drive throughout our historic districts.  We even did some excellent convincing that he should load up his family and move to Mobile!  {We’ll keep you posted on that one.}

Bryan was super cool which made our week with him super cool.  

He asked for the Mobile experience….. we think he got it!

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Click HERE to read Bryan’s first story on Mobile!

-Visit Mobile

Live at the Museum

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Most people wouldn’t expect to hear loud, heavy metal flowing through the halls at the Mobile Museum of Art. But just a few weeks ago, that was the scene at the MMofA’s  LIVE at the Museum monthly concert series.

LIVE at the Museum is in its third year now. Conceived as a concert series that features the musical prowess of the south, we revel in the unexpected, the eclectic, and the wild nature of southern talent. The Deep South is known for a great many things, some good and some bad, but most can agree that music is quite central to its culture. Gospel, blues, and folk permeate this landscape of innate storytellers. We may be long-winded, but metaphor is in our soil.

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As an art museum, we have a unique opportunity to highlight these cultural strengths and connect our creative community with different audiences. We also try to feature many different genres. This month’s vibe will differ from January’s as Matthew McNeal takes the stage to perform a unique blend of Americana and alternative country. Audiences can expect to get a full taste of southwest grit as McNeal, a Texas native, paints pictures of love and heartbreak.

You can hear regional and local artists perform live in an intimate setting every 3rd Thursday for these original musical performances showcasing the rare talents that heat and humidity can inspire.

Admission is $10 per person, show starts at 7 p.m. For more info, check out MMofA’s calendar of events HERE. 

 

-Guest Blogger Mary Catherine Nall, Mobile Museum of Art 

Celebrate Mobile: 2016 in Review

What a year 2016 has been!

Part of our efforts to inform y’all about all of the incredibly fun things to do in Mobile is helping journalists on their stories— that tell the Mobile story. We have had the pleasure of hosting over two dozen journalists in Mobile and assisted about 75 journalists with Mobile facts, photos, story ideas and much more.

Talking about Mobile is one of our favorite things to do. But, reading about Mobile in top-notch publications, may just take the cake.

Take a look at all of the Mobile stories we assisted with in 2016!

5 Lively Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside of New Orleans. Parade Online

Three Days of History in Mobile, Alabama with Teens. Minitime Online

Pirates Not Allowed at New Cafe in Mobile, Alabama. The Daily Meal

MoonPie A La Mode in Mobile, And More. The Chattanoogan.com

16 Under the Radar Southern Food Destinations. Zagat

Bellingrath Gardens and Home Offers Year-Round Beauty. Group Tour Southeastern Magazine

Royals of Revelry Take Center Stage at Mardi Gras Museum. Group Tour Southeastern Magazine

From Epiphany to Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras celebrations beyond New Orleans. Miami Herald Online

Sweet Home Alabama.  La Bicicletta Magazine {Italy}

The Land of Southern Comforts.  Birmingham Post {England}

Catching the Mardi Gras Spirit in Alabama.  The Boston Globe

What’s a Foodie to do at Dauphin’s on Mobile Bay?  The Daily Meal

Gateway to the Gulf, Mobile Bay, Alabama.  Escapes RV Online

A Weekend Getaway in Mobile, Alabama. Texas Lifestyle Magazine

Mobile, Alabama: A City That’s Born To Celebrate. Montreal Times Magazine

Something to ‘Sea’ in Mobile. Alabama Living Magazine

10 Adventures You Should Be Planning For the Summer of 2016. Matador Network Online

Mobile, Alabama’s Gulf Coast Heritage and Urban Vibe. The Tennessean Online

A Weekend in the Azalea City. Cooking with Paula Dean

Boating on the Beautiful, Diverse and Inspirational Alabama Scenic River Trail. Heartland Boating Magazine

A Revived Mobile, Ala., is Shipshape When it Comes to Things for Traveling Family to do. The London Free Press

Port City’s Gulf Coast Heritage and Urban Vibe. The Tennessean

A Gem of the Gulf Coast. Chatanooga Magazine

Mobile, Alabama’s Gulf Port City. Spring Byways Magazine

5 Ways to Explore GulfQuest. Connect Faith Online

The Best of Quest. Connect Association Magazine and Connect Faith Magazine

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Weekend Guide to Mobile, Al. This is My South

Quintessential Mobile: Where to Go and What to Devour in the Azalea City. Visit South.

Smooth Sailing Ahead.  AAA Alabama Journey

Where to Vacation with your BFF in Every State.  Redbook Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Yahoo online

A Table With a View. DeSoto Magazine Online

Carnival Fantasy Sails from Mobile Again. The Tribune Online

Things to do in Downtown Mobile. Country Roads Magazine

The Road to Riches. Dreamscapes Magazine

Mardi Gras in Mobile. TripReporter.com

 

-Visit Mobile