Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 Alabama Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Celebrations

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Everyone along the Alabama Gulf Coast is getting ready to “Let the good times roll!”  As we put away our holiday trimmings, we get out the purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras.  Most folks know about Mardi Gras in Mobile and even more famous is Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  But did you know we have our own kind of Mardi Gras here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach?  We may not be as famous as the others, but we love the carnival season here along the Gulf Coast and invite you and your family and friends to come and celebrate with us.

Here are five reasons why you should plan to attend Mardi Gras on the Alabama Gulf Coast:

 

  1.   Lodging Choices are Something to Cheer About

Gulf and bay front homes in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan welcome late winter guests for the Mardi Gras season.  Whether you’re planning a couple’s getaway, family vacation or group outing, Sunset Properties has your perfect vacation home ready!  When booking your Mardi Gras rental with Sunset Properties, use Promo Code #lovevacation and save 10%.

 

With daytime highs in the 50s and 60s and very little rain during the month of February, Mardi Gras is the perfect time for a beach getaway.  The beaches are much less crowded than in the summer months and beach treasures are typically abundant.  Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and shades.  It may be late winter, but the sun shines brightly on the Alabama Gulf Coast all year long.

 

  1.  No Hassle Parking

You’ve heard the horror stories about folks having their cars towed in Mobile and New Orleans. Here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, parking for a Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a breeze!  Because the main parade routes of Alabama Hwy 59 / Gulf Shores Parkway and Hwy 181 / Perdido Beach Boulevard are lined with business and retail parking lots, parking as easy as eating a Moon Pie!

 

  1.  Kid and Family Friendly Fun

Fat Tuesday in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a family friendly, fun-filled day.  Our parades feature high school marching bands, colorful creative  floats, and masked revelers.  We have something to entertain each family member.  Mardi Gras here is such a family day, in fact, our kids even get a school holiday just so they can attend!

 

 

  1.  Lots of  Throws

What would a parade be without throws?  After all, that’s what it’s all about, right?  We believe in showering revelers with lots of beads, cups, Moon Pies, stuffed toys and other surprises. With so many treasures raining down from the floats, you’re going to need a big bag to carry them all.

Practice yelling this phrase:  “Hey Mister!  Throw me somethin’!”  and grab your traveling buddies and come on down!

 

  1.  More Than Just a Parade

Sure parades are the backbone of Mardi Gras, but here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, we do it just a little different. We will celebrate together with both night and day parades, as well as our own Mardi Gras balls.  There is even a boat parade planned!  In addition to these organized celebrations, several of our favorite restaurants are offering special food, music and fun all day long on Fat Tuesday.  Visit http://www.gulfshores.com for more details.  And don’t forget to visit our sugar white sandy beaches while you’re in town.  Colorful sea shells are perfect Mardi Gras treasures to take home!

When making your Mardi Gras plans, be sure not to miss:

Night Parades

Mystical Order of Mirams Parade      Feb 9, 2018  6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade   Feb 10, 2018  6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Day Parades

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade   Feb 13, 2018  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade   Feb 13, 2018  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Mardi Gras Balls

Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball   Tuesday, February, 6, 2018 7:00pm

We hope you will book your Mardi Gras stay right away.  Sunset Properties has rentals available in both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.  Some are so close to the parade routes, you could even walk to the parade!  If you’d rather stay just a short drive away from the noise of the revelry, make sure to book your vacation home in the Fort Morgan area.  Remember to pack your sunscreen, bring a big ole goodie bag to take home all your treasures and plan to have the time of your life at Mardi Gras 2018 on the Alabama Gulf Coast!

 

From all of us at Sunset Properties:

Happy Mardi Gras and Laissez les bon temps rouler!

www.SunsetProperties.com  or call 251.543.1370

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