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Apollo's Mystic Ladies to parade in honor of member who passed away


The first Mardi Gras Parade in Baldwin County is Friday, February 2, 2018 in Daphne and preparations have been underway for some time.  Apollo’s Mystic Ladies (AML) will roll at 6:45 Friday night from the Daphne Civic Center. 

 If you saw the Conde Cavaliers last Friday when they kicked off Mardi Gras on the streets of Mobile, you’ve already had a preview of what AML will be bringing to the eastern shore.  Since AML borrows the Conde’s floats each year, their themes are similar.  The Conde’s this year was “Conde’s Go Wild.”

“I actually attended the Conde’s parade to see our floats in action…to see what they look like,” said AML committee member, Suzanne Jarrell.  “Our theme this year is Wild Night on Main Street so each float has a different theme to represent that.”

This is the seventeenth year AML has paraded and they now have 225 riders on nine floats.  This year, members will be riding with a purpose after losing one of their original members, Michele Hanson just two weeks ago.

“While it’s been rough on us emotionally, we know that she is with us and we are going to have as great party in her honor,” Jarrell said.

Apollo’s Mystic Ladies knows how to throw a party.  After all, the organization was founded by seven ladies over drinks at Manci’s Social Club on Main Street, Daphne.

“When we come up to Manci’s on the parade route, it’s…the rule is, it’s nonstop throwing.  It’s nonstop.  You’re just grabbing and throwing and the crowd at Manci’s is one of our thickest crowds,” Jarrell explained.

There’s hardly a bad spot through the entire parade.  Over time, the city has purchased more barricades for the public’s safety.  About ninety percent of the route has them.  Police have a reminder for those attending.

“Be kind to your neighbors.  There’s a lot of people trying to do all the same thing all at the same time,” said Capt. Jud Beedy with Daphne Police.  “Everybody’s down there to have a good time so just be mindful of the people around you and just be nice and have a good time.”

The Apollo’s Mystic Ladies parade rolls at 6:45 Friday night.  Fox 10 News is once again thrilled to be participating in the parade.  Be sure to come check out our float and see some of your favorite Fox 10 News personalities.  They’ll be tossing out some cool Fox 10 swag.

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