Birmingham celebrates Fat Tuesday

BIRMINGHAM,AL (WBRC) - Fat Tuesday got a Birmingham twist as a group called The Birmingham Carnival Society organized the first Mardi Gras parade in the Magic City since 1901. Despite the rainy weather, a group of people gathered in the traditional beads, masks and costumes and paraded through downtown. The parade started on Highland Avenue South, and went through the Five Points South area. The organizer, Rachel Morgan, said Birmingham should have some type of Mardi Gras celebration, and with the help of Facebook she was able to get this event off the ground. Several local groups like the Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival, Green Central Station, and Birmingham Roller Derby put together floats. Participants said this is a great event for the city, and they hope it continues in the future. "I'm from Louisiana, and I love Mardi Gras," said Elisa Munoz, "it is great Birmingham is doing this." "I can't believe the city hasn't had a parade since 1901," said Nancy Tran, "we just wanted to come out, show our support and have some fun."

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