'Laissez les bons temps rouler!' - Let the good times roll! ... in Orange Beach

February 25, 2022
2022 Mardi Gras graphic for City of Orange Beach

Mardi Gras parades in Orange Beach will begin this Saturday, February 26th with The Mystics of Pleasure, The Marshals, and other local krewes. On Monday, "Moon Pies on Main" rolls at The Wharf, and then the finale will be the city's annual Fat Tuesday parade at 2 p.m.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Saturday parade file photo

The Saturday night Mardi Gras Parade on February 26th is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. on Perdido Beach Boulevard at the traffic signal just east of Phoenix West, near Wolf Bay Lodge (formerly Fin & Fork). The parade will include motorcycles driven by The Marshals, marching bands and lots of floats, in addition to other Mardi Gras fun. The parade will end at the intersection of Highway 161 and Perdido Beach Boulevard near the Publix shopping center. Please note where the medians begin, near the Romar Beach Access, the floats will stay in the eastbound lanes (southside of the beach highway).

2022 MoonPies on Main graphic

The Wharf’s "Moon Pies on Main" event on Monday, February 28th includes a Kid and Pet Parade kicking off the Lundi Gras festivities at 4 p.m., followed by activities, and an evening float parade rolls at 6 p.m. For details, go to alwharf.com.

Event Schedule:

  • Kid + pet parade: 4 p.m. (see map for line-up information and parade route)
  • Float parade: 6 p.m. (see map for parade route)
  • SPECTRA Laser Light Experience: 7 pm (time estimated; will begin immediately following float parade)
  • Where: Main Street + Palms Plaza
  • Cost: FREE admission + parking; some kids’ activities cost $5
  • Other: Anyone can participate in the kid + pet parade. Costumes, festive decorations and beads for throws are encouraged. Some throws will be provided. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to line up in Palms Plaza.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday parade file photo

The city will hold its 2022 Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade at 2 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, March 1st. The Grand Marshal will be Miss Alabama Lauren Bradford, a Gulf Shores native who was named first runner-up in the 2022 Miss America competition. Other participants will include local high school bands including Orange Beach High School, and Mardi Gras krewes such as Bon Temps Cabrix, Treasures of the Isle, Sirens of the Sea, Order of Disorder, Order of Aurora, Maidens in Pink Stilettos and Mystics of Pleasure, among others. The parade follows the same Perdido Beach Boulevard route as Saturday's parade.

2022 Orange Beach Mardi Gras parade route map

Road closure advisory

During the night parade on Saturday, February 26th, Perdido Beach Boulevard will be closed - between Phoenix West II and State Highway 161 - to vehicular traffic from as early as 4 p.m. until as late as 7:30 p.m. Exact lane closure times will vary leading up to the start of each parade.

On Tuesday, March 1 the same 2-mile stretch of beach highway will be closed again from as early as 1 p.m. to as late as 4 p.m.

Notice from OBPD: For the Saturday night and Fat Tuesday parades, the north entrance to Publix off Hwy. 161 will be an exit only! The public will be able to enter the Publix parking lot via the south entrance off Hwy. 161. 

2022 Orange Beach Mardi Gras parking info from OBPD

City offices closed on Fat Tuesday

On Fat Tuesday, March 1, 2022, all non-essential City of Orange Beach offices will be closed for the Mardi Gras holiday. Garbage routes will not be affected and will run as usual.

City offices will reopen for normal business hours on Wednesday, March 2nd.

2022 Orange Beach Mardi Gras city offices closing graphic