Baldwin County Mardi Gras krewes prep for big day

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — Before floats roll down Perdido Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on Fat Tuesday, there is a lot to do to make sure this Mardi Gras is as special as all the parades that have rolled before.

“It’s fun but it’s not as wild as Mobile, but look, I love my Mobile parades, too, but Gulf Shores and Orange Beach you just have that beach feel,” Maidens in Pink Stilettos President Laura Langston said.

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For the M.I.P.S., it is always a blast. On Monday, they were making sure their signature rides would be ready for the big day.

“When you throw pink beads they know exactly who they came from,” Langston said.

The Mystics of Pleasure’s gator is all dolled up and ready to party while members of the crew are taking care of business Monday.

“Today is turnover day,” Float Captain Steven Gravely said. “Get everything cleaned up, get ’em restocked and ready to go.”

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The parades in Baldwin County are considered a little more family friendly than elsewhere but the competition for the goodies being thrown from the floats is the same.

“Be loud,” Gravely said. “Wave, jump up and down, wear something colorful, I mean, show the spirit and you will have love returned to you.”

“We want to see you having fun,” Langston added. “If you are going to stand out in the crowd 9 times out of 10 you are going to get some beads thrown at you.”

That’s what Mardi Gras is all about.

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