It just about time for Mardi Gras in Downtown Mobile. The first parade in Mobile, Conde Cavaliers, is this Friday. A lot of float riders and decorators are stocking up.

"What's happening? It's Mardi Gras!" said Stephen Toomey, Sr., owner of Toomey's.

"It's been a tradition for I don't even know how long," said Stephen Toomey, Jr.

"It really brings the community together. Its amazing to me, not only here in the store but all throughout the streets of Mobile," said Toomey, Sr.

Before we hit the streets for parades. A lot of people are Mardi Gras mambo-ing down the aisles.

"We're all getting excited, customers are coming in getting ready to ride, getting ready to throw parties," Toomey explained.

"I'm here tonight to get some nice throws for the right Friday, Conde Cavaliers," Bubba Bryant said.

It takes a lot of throws for riders to cover the entire route. After 39 years riding Bryant is a pro.

"They like the big expensive beads, and they like the moonpies and of course stuffed animals," he said.

Toomey's pretty much has it all but there are two things you can't have a Mobile Mardi Gras without, the beads and the moonpies. Everybody agrees you can never go wrong with those two.

"Plenty of beads, plenty of moon pies," said Bryant.

"The biggest beads we can find and atleast a few moon pies," added Don Lewis.

There are other hot throws this year as well.

"Beads probably are still number 1, moon pies, stuffed animals, the trinkets are real popular, we've got caramel corn and peanuts, the light up items are really popular right now," Toomey explained.

Either way it's going to be a full and fun carnival season.

"We're getting ready for it," said Lewis. "Always. Ever year."

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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