MOBILE, Alabama — Colorful beads and Moon Pies are flying on the Alabama coast for Mardi Gras.
Eight parades are scheduled for Fat Tuesday in Alabama's two coastal counties, starting in the morning in Gulf Shores and ending after nightfall in Mobile.
Much of downtown Mobile is shut down for the festivities, and crowds should be big since rain chances are low and forecasters are predicting afternoon high temperatures around 50 degrees.
Some people bundled up in coast and hats set up chairs along parade routes hours before the floats began rolling.
While New Orleans has the nation's largest Mardi Gras celebration, Mobile claims to have the oldest Mardi Gras festivities.