Gay Mobile: home of the original Mardi Gras

Mobile (properly pronounced moe-beeel) is a bustling port town in the center of the Gulf Coast rich in history and southern culture. Mobile is the proud home to the original U.S. Mardi Gras, which began in 1703. Mobile's Mardi Gras is an elegant and spectacular affair that occurs every February. The parades and parties are filled with tradition, and rival anything New Orleans has to offer.

Most of Mobile's nightlife is centered around Dauphin Street and Bienville Square in the downtown historic district. Though Mobile has a small gay community, it is home to several well established bars. The Mobile gay bar scene tends to be friendly and supportive rather than competitive, and all the bars host a variety of fundraisers for local causes. The scene is pretty low-key, with lesbian women sometimes more visibly than gay men. Mobile is a city with a split population, half white and half African-American, and the bars are fairly well integrated.

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