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Boats, beads and beaches distinguish Mardi Gras along the coast of the Deep South from parades and revelry found in major cities. For a different experience this year, check out some of these parades: Louisiana Cypremort Point, Krewe of Sippers Parade, Feb. 13, 1 p.m., Bayview to the landing Grand Isle Independent Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m. along Hwy. 1 Mississippi Biloxi Children's Parade, Feb. 13, noon; Krewe of Neptune, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. Diamondhead, Krewe of Diamondhead Parade, Feb. 13, noon Gulfport, Krewe of Gemini, Feb 13, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m., Feb. 16 Pass Christian, St. Paul Carnival Association, Feb. 14, noon Bay St. Louis, Krewe of Diamonds, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. Alabama Gulf Shores, Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 16, 10 a.m., Hwy. 59 from bottom of Intracoastal Canal Bridge to Main Beach; Lulu's Celebration & Parade, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-until Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 16, 1:30 at Wintzell's on Perdido Beach Blvd. to Hwy. 161 Florida Pensacola, Grand Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 13, 2 p.m., downtown Pensacola; Krewe of Wrecks, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Pensacola Beach; Priscus Procession & Ball, Feb. 16, 5 p.m., Seville Quarter Texas Galveston, Krewe d'Esprit Rosaire Parade, Feb. 13, 11 a.m., Kempner Park to Holy Rosary Catholic Church; Z Krewe 16th Z Processional, Feb.

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Photo by Keyhole Photo Mardi Gras officially began in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703, a full 15 years before the city of New Orleans was even founded. Mobile's first masked ball, Masque de la Mobile, was held the following year and the first parade in 1711. Sixteen men pushed a cart carrying a papier mache cow's head through town. Mobile Mardi Gras has evolved and expanded since its rustic beginnings, but mystery and intrigue still surround the celebration, with secret krewes and masked figures often reveling behind closed doors. The public side of Mobile Mardi Gras has grown enormously since that first 16-member parade, with 41 parades on the schedule for this year and almost a million people estimated to attend the festivities. After moving back home to Mobile from Ohio, photographer Meggan Haller and her husband, Jeff, a native of Nebraska, decided to start documenting Mardi Gras in Mobile. Owners of Keyhole Photo, the couple has spent several years photographing parades, pageants, balls, bands and a few behind the scenes goings on. Photo by Keyhole Photo Photo by Keyhole Photo "There's a lot of different ways to celebrate Mardi Gras here," says Meggan, "and I'm fascinated by all of the different aspects." "Some are very

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