Mobile is ground zero for mystic celebration in the United States. As a city and community, we celebrate Mardi Gras better than we do anything else. Unspoiled and little changed since its beginnings, the pre-lenten festivities start on New Year's Day and go non-stop through Mardi Gras. Because our home is so close to the parade route, we rarely miss a parade and are often joined by family and friends. It is the event of the year.