While many of us associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans’ French Quarter, did you know that this vibrant holiday has its origins more than 100 miles away in Mobile, AL?  Mardi Gras was first celebrated here in 1703 and was then revived after the Civil War by a man named Joe Cain when he led an impromptu parade down the city’s streets. There’s even the Mobile Carnival Museum, which highlights the history of Mardi Gras inside a restored Southern mansion.


With its own unique attractions and traditions, Mardi Gras in Mobile is a special experience for holiday veterans and first-timers alike. Mobile will host more than 40 parades in the weeks leading up to the big day, including the local favorite events of Joe Cain Day on Sunday, February 27th this year. Mobile’s family-friendly version of Mardi Gras features colorful floats and lots of beads, of course, but also flying Moon Pies, elaborately decorated homes and authentic local flavor.


If you’re looking to see the original Mardi Gras for yourself, you can enjoy the festivities with the peace of mind of Pure Rooms at the Homewood Suites Mobile. Pure Rooms at the Homewood Suites use purified air to eliminate contaminants and give wellness-minded travelers the confidence they need to travel safely. With allergy-friendly bedding, Pure Rooms also provide a hypoallergenic environment and a guest room experience that promotes well-being.


Wake up to a complimentary hot breakfast before heading to the parade routes and events just a few miles away. When you’ve finished collecting beads and eating Moon Pies for the day, the Homewood Suites Mobile offers an outdoor pool and modern fitness center to promote self-improvement and relaxation.


Each Pure Room at the Homewood Suites features its own kitchen with separate living and sleeping areas, making them ideal for a lengthy stay in Mobile. Connecting rooms are also convenient for families or large groups. Ample parking, complimentary Wi-Fi and a cozy outdoor patio with gas grills help make the Homewood Suites Mobile feel like home.


For a unique take on Mardi Gras this year, come visit the Homewood Suites Mobile for a guest room of choice in the heart of the holiday’s birthplace. When you stay in a Pure Room at the Homewood Suites Mobile, you’ll rejuvenate and enjoy Mardi Gras with the comfort of a true wellness experience.

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