“I am sixth generation of born and raised in New Orleans. I have lived there my whole life. I went to Springhill College in Mobile for my undergraduate degree. I have wanted to come to Joe Cain for 20 years, but normally I would be doing Bacchus, one of the biggest days on the Avenue. It was cancelled and I finally got the chance. We were at a house party and fish fry last night at a friend’s house in New Orleans. I told my wife we should drive to Mobile. We have friends here and never get to see them during Mardi Gras. We drove over early this morning. Today has met and exceeded all of my expectations. People goofing off and having fun with friends in their neighborhood. It is a privilege to be here. We are experiencing a special day. Your Yardi Gras houses are better than most of the ones I have seen in New Orleans. They are so impressive. Mobile is a more interconnected city than New Orleans. It is so easy to run into my friends here.
It is beautiful and sad in New Orleans without Mardi Gras. Our Mardi Gras may be fancy, but it is just a big street party. I live on one of the parade routes. We had porch parties with a porch crawl and every house had specialty drinks and food. We had a neighborhood party with a live band, but the police shut that down. On Mardi Gras Day everyone marches to the French Quarter. I am not sure what is going to happen this year.
You can cancel the parades but you can’t cancel the holiday or fun of Mardi Gras. It is an internal spirit. I am eternally thankful to Mobile for starting it.”