MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- It's almost time for Mobile's biggest party of the year. Preps have been underway for weeks as the Conde Cavaliers are set to kick off the first weekend of Mardi Gras parades in downtown Friday.
With the barricades up and accommodations ready -- the Port City knows there are some things you can't prepare for.
"We're excited! Ready to load the float. We hope it doesn't rain. Last year it was storming when we rode... But we had an awesome time, made the best of it. I hope it doesn't rain," said two ladies.
Still rain or shine parade-goers are ready to welcome back parade season.
"This is the real representer of Mardi Gras! Mobile, Joe Cain, Fat Tuesday - this is the best place to be. We aren't throwing no beads. We are throwing moonpies, candy, everything -- all of the above is why I love it," said Lawrence Ash.
It's easy to get lost in the magic of Mardi Gras, but one thing you'll want to avoid is parking near the gold and purple signs. Mobile Police sending out a warning to parade-goers to beware not to park in the areas where the signs are posted -- two hours before, during, and after the parades. Otherwise, expect to have your vehicle towed and pay $125 to get it back.
Just ask Jerome Lee. His was one of 300 vehicles towed last year. Despite making his case to MPD -- they pointed out several signs on the block and took his truck to the impound lot. We were there when he picked it up.
LEE: "That's a lot of money? JEROME: Hell yeah, it is to me... I don't know about you. LEE: It is to me too. You going to drive it out of here, where are you going to park it? JEROME: Malaga... Guy down there said bring it in here when you come back. LEE: Go enjoy the parade. JEROME: Oh yeah, $125."