Cold weather has downtown merchants hoping for a warm Mardi Gras | News

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – This wintry weather made downtown Mobile look like a ghost town on a Friday night.

Empty streets and lots of parking spaces – certainly not the norm for the start of the weekend. The cold snap forced people to stay home. Those who ventured out told us that this rare wintry weather just isn’t southern.

“Man: It’s cold! Lee: Too cold? — Man: I hope it’s very short. Lee: Short-lived? — Man: Short-lived — yes sir.

Hailing from upstate New York, Jake Dorsey is used to exercising in cold weather.

“Just to bundle up and get on with your business. Lee: What’s your advice to people who may not be used to it here on the gulf coast? — Jake: Just buy a few diapers. Don’t leave it will discourage you.”

In about three weeks, Mardi Gras is expected to return to the port city. Downtown businesses like Heroes Sports Bar & Grille are ready to serve what they hope will be record crowds returning from the pandemic.

“We hope it will be a little warmer than that, as you can imagine. But we know that people in Mobile are particularly focused on Mardi Gras this year. They are excited about it. we missed it last year and this year they’re coming in big,” said David Rasp, owner of Heroes Bar & Grille. “I think it’s going to take a lot more than a bit of cold weather to prevent people to celebrate this year!”

The Public Works employees have already taken out the barricades. The Conde Cavaliers are set to kick off the season on Friday, February 11.

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David H. Henry