Are you ready for the trinkets, beads and moon pies? The 2005 Mardi Gras season opens tonight on the Gulf Coast -- where carnival was first celebrated in the United States in the 1700s.
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday falls on February eighth. The season's first parades rolled last weekend on Dauphin Island.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. the Conde Cavaliers hold Mobile's first major parade through downtown. The group's theme is "Ports of Paradise."
Spectators can expect mild weather in the Port City with highs expected in the mid-60s Friday evening.
Carnival is a tourist bonanza for New Orleans, but it stretches the length of the Gulf coast from Texas to at least Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and small towns in between.