Back to top

In Mobile, Joe Cain and friends revive the city's traditional Mardi Gras celebrations with an irreverent parade

Mobile, Alabama, 1861, artist's impression
Legend has it, on "Fat Tuesday" 1866, Joe (Joseph Stillwell) Cain, a Mobile resident and Confederate veteran, revived the parades and frivolity of Mardi Gras in the Alabama port city. Dressed as Chickasaw Indian "Chief Slacabamarinico," he led his "the Tea Drinkers Society," through the streets, poking fun especially at the Union soldiers occupying Mobile. The full celebrations quickly resumed and "Joe Cain Day" is celebrated in Mobile to this day.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
L. Craig Roberts, Mardi Gras in Mobile (Charleston, S.C; The History Press, 2015), 33-34