Monday it was still cool so we thought it best to visit museums or some of the older homes. Unfortunately, it being Monday, many of them were closed- except for one which sounded very interesting and different to us. The Carnival Museum is a repository of historical artifacts pertaining to the Mardi Gras in Mobile. We had learned from our tour book that Mobile lays claim to being the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States. The first one was held in 1703, 15 years before New Orleans (another city which celebrates the carnival in a big way) was even founded. The Carnival Museum is located in a restored mansion. By the way, the balloons in the picture below, as well as on many of the floats, are made from pig bladders. It was one of many interesting details regarding the carnival which our tour guide shared with us.