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Photos by @elias.williams | Last year I photographed Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Alabama. Mardi Gras started here in 1703, with the city's first official celebration—15 years before New Orleans, Louisiana, was founded. As a person who had never before attended carnival, it was quite an experience. The roaring excitement is comparable to a championship winning play at a sports event, and the level of preparation might surpass fashion week. Here are some folks I encountered in a few pauses during parades and grand affairs leading up to Fat Tuesday.
Timothy Moore, 51, poses for a portrait on Government Street before the Mystics of Time begin rolling out for their 71st year. Moore has been attending Mardi Gras since 1987, and particularly likes this group for their throws, energy, and dragon floats. He dresses up to feel like he's part of the festivities.
Iris Steele, 47, is on Spring Hill Avenue in the Georgia Avenue neighborhood of Mobile. Steele enjoys Mardi Gras for the time spent with family.
Mobile native Rosemary Henley, 64, after the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association's (MAMGA) Mammoth parade passed through North Washington Street.
Members of the Mystic Stripers Society, founded in 1938, parade through downtown.
Sarah Busby, 26, at the Grand Marshal's Ball in the Mobile Convention Center. Busby is a Mobile native who works as a publicist in Atlanta. She's attended the ball—the city's largest, attracting approximately 3,000 attendees—for the last three years.
Olympic Brass Band member Herbert Nelson III, 68, before the start of the Mystics parade.