Mardi Gras Parade

The City of Gulf Shores 2021 Mardi Gras Parade has been cancelled.

The history of the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade dates back to 1978 when a group of locals decided Gulf Shores needed a parade. Those locals formed the Pleasure Island Players and thus Mardi Gras began in Gulf Shores. A year later the Mystic Order of Shiners joined the Pleasure Island Players to become what is now the oldest parading order in Baldwin County.

Participate in the Parade

Anyone interested in participating in the parade can do so by completing the application. To print and fill out an application, click here

Mail or Email your application to the event coordinator.

City of Gulf Shores Special Events
Attention: Erica Bassett
P.O. Box 299
Gulf Shores, AL 36547.

Parade Route/Traffic Modifications


The 42nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade will begin at Clubhouse Drive and continue down Highway 59 to Gulf Place.

The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents and visitors aware of the following traffic flow modifications related to the Mardi Gras Parade:

6 a.m. 

  • East Gulf Place will be closed to allow floats to exit parade route.

7:40 a.m.

  • West 2nd Street will be closed to traffic between Clubhouse Drive and Fort Morgan Road in preparation for float line-up.

8 a.m.

  • Floats begin to line-up on West 2nd Street from Clubhouse Drive to Fort Morgan Road.

9:35 a.m.

  • Clubhouse Road will close to traffic as floats begin to make their way to Highway 59.
  • Highway 59 will close to traffic stretching from 20th Avenue to Beach Boulevard.

10 a.m.

  • Mardi Gras Parade begins.

12 p.m.

  • Parade floats will exit the parade route by going straight through the stoplight into Gulf Place or by turning left onto Beach Boulevard.
  • All normal traffic conditions should resume.
  • East Gulf Place will reopen once parade exits.
Parade Route 2020

Get your official #GulfShores Mardi Gras necklace available exclusively at the City Store Flagship with any purchase (while supplies last and in-store only)! The City Store Flagship is located at 1821 Gulf Shores Parkway.

The City Store will be OPEN during the Mardi Gras parade and is located on the parade route. Stop in, say hello and get your Small Town, Big Beach beads!

Mardi Gras Bead Display