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The Good Times are Rolling in SOMO!

There is so much to do in SOMO during the Mardi Gras season! Keep reading to learn more about each fun, festive parade happening in SOMO.

Krewe de la Dauphine - January 21 | 1:00 P.M.

Krewe De la Dauphine is known for kicking off the Mardi Gras parade season in South Alabama. Come down to Dauphin Island, AL, and watch “KDLD Travels the World.” This parade theme will include floats that represent countries of the world and major US travel destinations such as New York, Spain, and many more!

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People's Parade - January 28 | 1:00 P.M.

This parade is about as new as they get. The brainchild of town councilman Gene Fox, the parade was approved by the full council in early December 2016, leaving about 60 days to put the first one together.

The town-sponsored parade was developed to replace the Island Mystics, often referred to as the second Dauphin Island parade, which rolled on the Saturday after the Krewe de la Dauphine.

When it became clear that the Island Mystics were not going to parade in 2017 and probably never would again, Fox and other town leaders decided that a second parade was too important to the island's off-season economy to simply go without. Fox knows firsthand just how much business those two parades bring to the island in the form of thousands of revelers.

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Mystic Krewe of Salty Paws - February 4 | 10:00 A.M.

Even your furry friend can get in on the good times!

The Mystic Krewe of Salty Paws will hold its annual parade starting at the Water Tower on Saturday, February 4, 2023! This event is being sponsored by the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce and is a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Foundation.

The theme this year will be “Peg-legs and Patches”. Prizes will be awarded for Best Group, Most Creative, and Best Cart.

Massacre Island Secret Society - February 4 | 6:30 P.M.

One of South Alabama’s newest parades, the Massacre Island Secret Society paraded for the first time in 2021. Dauphin Island's only nighttime Mardi Gras event. Come witness a flame-lit Street Tableau through the old village district as MISS revisits scenes of the island's historic past. The event promises handmade throws and an interpretation of local Folklore. This year, MISS rolls on February 5 at 6:30 p.m. All we can tell you is that Dauphin Island's only night parade will definitely show you something you haven't seen before.

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