En español | Mardi Gras is approaching, and if you think that just means “a bacchanal in New Orleans,” you’re wrong. A number of U.S. cities celebrate Mardi Gras — without the kind of crowds and lines you might have to face in the holiday’s best-known city. Here are some examples.
Raise your hand if you knew Mobile was the first U.S. locale to host a Mardi Gras celebration. (It took place in 1703, when Mobile was the capital of French Louisiana and New Orleans was still 15 years from being founded.) This year’s edition of the city’s multi-week celebration kicked off Jan. 26, but there’s still time to get your boogie on in the Joe Cain Day parade, held the Sunday before Mardi Gras, and the Fat Tuesday finale itself on Feb. 13.