In 1703, the first Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States began in the “New France Colony”, in present day Mobile, Alabama. The French brought Catholics to the colony which started the Mardi Gras celebration. The celebration ended for a few years, for unknown reasons. After the Civil War, Joe Cain, a citizen of Mobile got fed up with post-Civil War misery and started an impromptu parade down the streets.
In present day, Mardi Gras is celebrated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama, New Orleans, Louisana, and other southern cities.