Members of the Conde Cavalier wanted to make sure that no one was left out of the festivities before their parade last Friday night.
And they sure did their best sharing the Mardi Gras spirit.
CC does its annual ride to five different retirement communities and schools for the disabled. That’s pretty sweet.
Augusta Evens School was one of the schools they visited.
The kids’ expressions brightened the Cavaliers as they entered the gym in elaborate costumes. They did the usual dancing and flinging of beads.
It was a hoot.
Some members claim that they prefer these smaller parades over their main spectacle. It’s nice to know that they’re got their priorities straight.
Future Park on The Rise
Mobile City authorities have unveiled their master plan for “Brookley by the Bay.”
It’s the first time we’re seeing this blueprint of a future site of recreation and beauty.
City Deputy Executive Director of Public Works Shonnda Smith says the new layout incorporates the best features of earlier proposals for the area.
There’s going to be a dog park, a disc golf course, and access to the beach!
According to Smith, the project will cost roughly $25M to complete.
For now, you can book a tour of the site and imagine what the place is going to be like in years to come.
Definitely something to look forward to.
New Wawas For 2024
According to a press release from the Mobile Chamber, the well-known gas station and convenience store chain Wawa plans to open more than 40 outlets in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle over the next eight to ten years.
Two will be in Mobile County.
Beginning in the second half of 2023, construction will start on what is slated to be a 2024 opening.
Although Wawa is known for its usual convenience store snacks, it also offers many healthier options.
You could get fresh salads, fruits, wraps, and sandwiches—perfect if you want to lay off the fast food.
New Africatown Sculpture
A ceremony honoring “The Memory Keeper,” a sculpture located in the Africatown Heritage House Memorial Garden, was held on Friday, February 3rd.
The 9-foot tall stainless steel sculpture is a collaborative effort between clay artist Charles Smith and metal artist Frank Ledbetter.
Lots of aquatic animals found in Alabama and West Africa are represented in it.
In telling the tale of 110 enslaved West Africans and their descendants, the artists behind The Memory Keeper used shapes and symbols to symbolize the past, present, and future of Africatown.
Because of the heat-related techniques used in its construction, some parts of the sculpture appear gilded in sunlight.
It’s quite stunning.
MMofA Thursdays Free For All Alabamians
With funding from the Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, the Mobile Museum of Art will provide free general admission on Thursdays to all Alabamians.
This will start on March 1st and end on May 31st.
On Thursdays for the past ten years, residents of Mobile County have been able to get in for free.
Let’s hope this generous admission leads to more visitors.
Topgolf Begins Construction
The golfers are going to be excited about this one.
The third Topgolf venue in the state of Alabama is now under construction and scheduled to open later this year.
The McGowin Park Shopping Center at the junction of Interstate 65 and Government Boulevard is the site of the $22 million complex. It’s now under development on the site of a former multiplex cinema.
There will be both golf and non-golf activities available for guests.
It’ll come with a full-service restaurant and private event spaces where folks can host parties and meetings.
One hundred fifty regular and part-time jobs will be created by this new venue. This is good news for those looking for work.