The Lundi Gras activities officially got underway with the arrival of King Felix lll aboard his royal yacht Monday morning.
He then rode in the parade named in his honor.
The king and his queen arrived at the foot of Government Street, welcomed by a fire boat spraying water in Mardi Gras colors and celebrating with the music of the Bay City Brass Band
2019 MCA King Alexander "Sandy" Howard IV said, "It all happens so fast you really don't have time to think. You just go with it, enjoy it."
2019 MCA Queen Ellen "Ebie" Douglas said, "It's just so cool to see how all the people of Mobile come together to celebrate Mardi Gras."
And come together they did; from far away.
Bob and Lesley Dunlop traveled from Great Britain.
Bob Dunlop said, "We love it here. Nice place to come for a vacation. Great place, great people, wonderful."
Lesley Dunlop said, "It's fun. Everybody gets involved. It's happy. It's jolly."
And we met a lady who traveled from Cleveland, Ohio, adorned with a pink unicorn headdress.
Sherelle Doaty said in Cleveland, "It's 13 below right now."
But Mardi Gras is always a special time for the kids, and Monday was no exception.
Tawny King of Fairhope said her daughter likes stuffed animals and moon pies.