'America's original Mardi Gras': Alabama trolls New Orleans with billboards

'America's original Mardi Gras': Alabama trolls New Orleans with billboards”

"It's the original Mardi Gras!".

Dames De Perlage, a Mardi Gras marching krewe founded in 2013, has made New Orleans history.

The billboards have been purchased by the Alabama Department of Tourism, and include its Sweet Home Alabama logo.

He doesn't consider the Alabama campaign a threat or challenge. He did note that the New Orleans' celebration is known the world over and extended an invitation to people from Alabama and Mobile to come to New Orleans for the upcoming celebrations.

So, there are no plans to respond to the Alabama billboards.

"I don't think we need to do that type of advertising", says Romig.

Perlage is French for beadwork, a tradition that the Mardi Gras have carried on through their costumes for decades.

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FOX10 News Reporter Devan Coffaro spoke to locals about why there's nothing like Mardi Gras in the Port City. "We look forward to celebrating our tricentennial Mardi Gras with our neighbors to the East".

"Romig says Fat Tuesday in New Orleans will continue to 'The Greatest Free Show on Earth".

Alabama is definitely making an effort to let New Orleanians know that they are not in the city where the "original" Mardi Gras started, at least according to a billboard.

"We just wanted to have some fun with it", he said. The pre-Lenten celebration was first held in Mobile in 1703.

Floats became popular in 1850 when The City of Mobile started with parades around New Years Eve.

Still, Mobile claims stubbornly to be the birthplace of Mardi Gras.

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