As most of you can imagine, asking your boss for an entire week off is not easy. That conversation becomes even harder when you are asking off in order to attend what most people think to be “one week-long party.” I am talking about Mardi Gras, or Carnival as it is often referred to by those who grew up around the festivities. Although Carnival does consist of more than a few parties, it really is a family occasion for most. Mardi Gras in Mobile has been described as the largest, family-oriented street party in America, and I can certainly attest to the truth of this statement.
Mardi Gras has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was once asked what my father’s hobbies included, and my response was simple, “Mardi Gras.” In Mobile, the planning seems to begin a full year in advance. This year was a very special year for my family. My younger sister, Anna Robison McClure, was the Mobile Carnival Association’s Queen. As a former Queen myself, I was extremely excited for her, and I could not help but offer my advice as she prepared for a week she will always remember. Anna was surprised with a puppy from her King as a present to remember the Carnival season. Puppy Felix was a very exciting surprise and addition to the week!
Although taking a week off from a job I love was difficult, there is nothing I enjoy more than getting dressed up and celebrating with friends and family. Here are some pictures from my week celebrating with my sister, as well as a few “old” photos from the year that I was the Queen of Carnival.