Mardi Gras Through The Lens

Experience carnival through the eyes of our readers in our 2023 Mardi Gras Photo Contest.

Thank you to everyone who submitted content to our Best of Mardi Gras Photo Contest 2023. We were amazed by the turnout and the amount of high quality photos we received. 

Scroll to see the top photos that represent the “Best of Mardi Gras”!

Second Line in the City

Photo by John O’Dell

“This photo was taken at the Mardi Gras Second Line Parade in downtown Mobile in 2021.”

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Photo by Theresa Davidson

“Knights and a Lady await the King and Queen at the waterfront.”

Mardi Gras Loot

Photo by Grace Griffith

“A 2020 Herald’s excitement at seeing family and friends on the parade route.”

2 Horses Leading The Float

Photo by Michael Thomas

“Two riders and their horses leading the parade.”

Days’ Family Mardi Gras

Photo by Margot Gilbert

“Ron Days, Bertram Days and Tony Days -— three brothers waiting to get on their float.”

First Bite of the Season

Photo by Stephanie Gerardi

“Bienville Square, 2020. Just before everything went quiet. Perfect day for a parade. I always eat the first MoonPie I catch (preferably chocolate!) immediately.”

Our Finest

Photo by Valerie Mitchell

“This photo was taken Downtown on Joe Cain Day.”

The Blues

Photo by Lacey Logan

“A rainy day in Mardi Gras Park.”

A Sea of Hats

Photo by Theresa Davidson

“Taken on Mardi Gras Day. Ladies waiting the arrival of the King and Queen at the foot of Government Street.”

Folly KOR

Photo by Jessica Bailey

“I think I may have caught his eye!”

A Surprise to Remember!

Photo by Meghan Jarvis

“Winn and Meghan Jarvis announced the gender of their baby to friends and family during the Crewe of Columbus Parade in 2022.”

MOT Good Times

Photo by Clint Brown

“This photo was taken during the 2021 Mardi Gras season.”

Excelsior in the Square

Photo by Katie Vogtner

“The Excelsior Band plays during the day in
Washington Square.”

Oakleigh Skull and Bones Gang

Photo by Christopher Kern

“These creatures start early on Fat Tuesday, warning citizens to repent during Lent.”

Jack of All Throws

Photo by Kelly Samek

“A pirate marcher readies a bead throw during a Joe Cain Day parade.”

Mystic Striper Emblem Float

Photo by Ken McElhaney

“The Mystic Striper Emblem Float makes its way through the streets of Mobile.”

Waiting for the Parade

Photo by Lauren Boehm

“Sarah Boehm patiently waiting for the arrival of the parade.”

Fire & Ice

Photo by Kristin Van Drisse

“A Downtown dragon float winds through the parade route.”

Mobile, Alabama…The Birthplace of Mardi Gras

Photo by John O’Dell

“Downtown Mobile skyline lit up in Mardi Gras colors with the inaugural Mardi Gras Tree from 2020 in Mardi Gras Park.”

Treasure Grabs!

Photo by Renea Greene

“I took this fun photo Mardi Gras Day, February 25, 2020. I think it captures the sheer fun of standing shoulder to shoulder with friends, family, neighbors and strangers, grabbing for treasures.”


Photo by Valerie Mitchell

“This was taken during the Krewe of Phoenix Ball.”

The Clydesdale Horses

Photo by Katrina Horvath 

“The iconic horses trot through downtown Mobile.”

There are so many more great photos! Click here to see all of the amazing entries!

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