I’ve lived in Daphne, AL for four years now and our family loves the area. I have been fortunate enough to be picked up as a freelance photographer for the Mobile Mask Magazine for the past two years and even had pictures featured in an article in the 2015 magazine. I have grown to love the Eastern Shore Mardi Gras parades and the fun that comes with them. Meeting people from all over who come to enjoy the parades, seeing the children and adults with signs and costumes lining the barricades. It gets serious when the floats come by as people battle for beads, moon pies and stuffed animals that are thrown. I have to be protective of my camera as it sometimes becomes a target for throwers who want to be in a picture. I usually will choose a few beads and one flower or stuffed throw and then share all the other goodies with children standing close to me. My fourteen year old son also shoots pictures with me and his favorite catch is the Moon Pies! It’s been a bonding experience for us especially adding in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach last year on Mardi Gras day. We ended up in 24 degree weather-it was crazy trying to shoot, but we got it done and even accidentally caught the LuLu’s boat parade!
This year I will get to attend not one but two Mardi Gras balls in Mobile. I am so excited that my co-worker asked me to be her date. Neither of our hubby’s are into the ball thing and her daughter and son-in-law are in two of the parading groups. I got to get a sneak peek at the Stripers floats last Saturday and found out a little glimpse of what Mobile Mardi Gras is really like from the parading side. I envy those who get to take off the two weeks of the parading time or more and hang out with friends and family. I was introduced around and so welcomed to the group as we got to preview the floats and eat, drink and mingle. Champagne all around on a Saturday afternoon. I could get used to this! It takes a lot of work and investment to be a parading family and I love that everyone there was just so friendly and warm to make me feel welcome. I get to see the LaShe’s floats this coming Saturday and look forward to that as well as the actual parades and then the balls. I will be one tired chika after Mardi Gras is over, but I’m going to have a blast and enjoy the opportunity!
The Mobile Mask has all of the Mardi Gras information online and even an app for the parades, routes and of course the pictures! I have photo credit on all of the Eastern Shore parades but the nice thing is I own the pictures I take. You can pick up one of the Mobile Mask magazines for $4 at your local Rouses or Toomey’s and several other locations in the Mobile, AL area.
I am also selling my pictures on Image Kind. You can order just a print or even a framed picture that will be delivered directly to you!! Take a look and share the information. Image Kind Miriam’s Mardi Gras pictures!!! Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy the season and reach out if you have comments or questions for me.