This is the start an amazing week for me. I am so thrilled to be a part of such rich history that has been deep rooted in the city of Mobile Alabama for quite some time now. What is this history that I speak of? Well its Mardi Gras. Many people and tourist associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans. Mobile, Alabama, began holding the festival in 1703, 15 years before it started in Louisiana. Based on a French Catholic tradition, the celebration is now a city-wide holiday in Mobile, where even schools close down to celebrated . Yes, that is right Mardi Gras originated in the Port City. The name Port City is referred to Mobile because of the Port that sits off of the water. I am pleased and truly honored to be a knight in the 2017 Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association, (MAMGA), and royal Court. It is with great privilege to serve in this position, especially as an African American The Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association, Inc. was formerly the Colored Carnival Association and was incorporated under the trusteeship of W.L. Russell D.D.S.,J.T Mckinnis ,Sam Besteda ,Jr. and J.A. Franklin, M.D. Dr. Wilborne Russell was a high regarded and respected dentist and civic leader. He was president for fifty years. Russell envisioned that the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association as an outlet for the youth of the African American community to display their talents. This is one of the highest social honor on can grab hold of. The Mardi Gras events climax on Fat Tuesday, February 28th 2017. I can’t wait. Stay tuned to hear about my experiences this week.