Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History


image from Bronze Map: 'America's First Mardi Gras'


4. America's First Mardi Gras
Mobile, Mobile County


The first Mardi Gras celebration took place in the new settlement of Mobile in 1703. Later, Mobilians, led by Michael Krafft, organized the first mystic societies in the 1830s and the first official Mardi Gras parade in 1840.