I'm tempted to do this to my backyard Crepe Myrtles.....
Did you know the first North American Mardi Gras was celebrated in Alabama—not Louisiana?
French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville arrived in what is now modern day Mobile, Alabama on Fat Tuesday, 1699. He named the location Point du Mardi Gras and threw a little party. In the years that followed, French travelers would come to the spot explicitly for Fat Tuesday celebrations. To this day, Mobile, Alabama claims to hold the oldest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country......
Barefoot Mardi Gras Parade & Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10
WHERE: Padre Balli Park, 15820 Park Road 22.
COST: Free to watch the parade. $5 for the festival, free for kids 15 and younger. $30 for King and Queen's Ball.