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Image courtesy of Lara's Mardi Gras Clip Art.
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In celebration of Mardi Gras, Make-it and Take-it activities will continue through “Fat Tuesday”, February 5th, in the Hands-on Gallery at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Participants have the opportunity to decorate a festive Mardi Gras mask with beads, sequins, and feathers to take with them. Also, they can learn the history of Mardi Gras and Mobile through a gallery scavenger hunt, video, and other activities. The Archives is open Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. The Archives museum galleries and participation in this activity are FREE to the public.

Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” and was first celebrated in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703. Today, Mobile’s Mardi Gras is considered a family carnival time. It is a street party that is enjoyed by both young and old. This celebration lasts for nearly two weeks and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. Mobile’s Mardi Gras celebrations are considered the oldest in the United States. For more information visit the ADAH website or call (334) 353-4712.

Created: January 30, 2008
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435