Buffalo Bulls football players pose for a photo before the start of the "This is Alabama Mardi Gras Parade" in downtown Mobile, Alabama, Friday night. The Bulls are in town to compete in the Dollar General Bowl. Photo: Mark Wallheiser
UB football players snap a photo under a giant Christmas Tree in Mardi Gras Park. Photo: Mark Wallheiser
The University of Buffalo Thunder of the East band watch the fireworks as they play for a pep rally in Mardi Gras Park after the "This is Alabama Mardi Gras Parade" in downtown Mobile, AL. December 21, 2018. The Bulls are in town to compete in the Dollar General Bowl.
They'll be catching footballs on Saturday, but for members of the UB Bulls, Friday was for catching beads during the Mardi Gras parade. Photo: Mark Wallheiser
UB's Thunder of the East marching band performs during the pep rally Friday night in Mardi Gras Park. Photo: Mark Wallheiser
UB's marching band, the Thunder of the East, enjoys the fireworks display over downtown Mobile at the conclusion of the parade and pep rally. Photo: Mark Wallheiser
Published December 22, 2018
MOBILE, ALABAMA -- The birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S. sure knows how to throw a parade. The Dollar General Bowl's Mardi Gras parade wound around a roughly 5-mile route in downtown Mobile Friday evening and featured 20 floats, local high school marching bands and the marching bands from Dollar General Bowl participants UB and Troy. The parade route ended in Mardi Gras Park, where a battle of the marching bands, along with pep rallies for both teams, took place. Photographer Mark Wallheiser captured the action.