1. Mardi Gras
New Orleans gets all the credit for Mardi Gras, but the holiday actually started in Mobile, Alabama — fifteen years before New Orleans was founded. Mobile was then the capital of Louisiana. New Orleans became the capital, and the Mardi Gras celebration as we know it today moved along. Mobile’s celebration is still fun, but a little more family friendly.
Mobile is the oldest permanent settlement in the original Colony of French Louisiana and was its first capitol.