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Where should you set up to see enjoy local Mardi Gras parades?

It’s turning purple, green and gold along the Alabama Coast and that means just one thing: Mardi Gras season. Get your nets and baskets ready as the good times start rolling at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, with the area’s first parade, the Krewe de la Dauphine on Dauphin Island. The following Saturday, Feb. ...Read More

Ring in 2019 along the byway

Make plans to bring in the new year at one of the many celebrations set along Alabama’s Coastal Connection on Dec. 31. Noon Year’s Eve at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores is a family-friendly event for those who don’t want to wait ’til midnight to celebrate. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, ...Read More

Christmas shopping events

Ready to brave the crowds for holiday shopping? You’ll discover a wonderland of boutiques, specialty shops, handmade items and brand-name stores along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Start your shopping excursion with a stop at the Tanger Outlet Center in Foley. The renowned mall has more than 120 brand-name stores along with locally owned shops. Tanger is ...Read More

Christmas parades along the coast

Looking for events to get you in the holiday mood? Plenty of Christmas parades take to the streets of our coastal communities to kick off the season’s celebrations. Dec. 7: Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration in Gulf Shores Dec. 7: Daphne Christmas Parade Dec. 7: Fairhope Magical Christmas Parade Dec. 8: The Foley Christmas ...Read More

History of Mardi Gras on the Alabama coast

What city first started the Mardi Gras tradition in the United States? Ask someone from Louisiana, Alabama or Mississippi, and you may get three very different answers. In Alabama, folks take great pride in naming Mobile as home of the original Mardi Gras celebration in this country. Though many people associate Mardi Gras with New ...Read More

Where to hear live music

Want to listen to live music on the Alabama coast? Whether you enjoy a singer/songwriter, dance band, or rock and roll, awesome venues for catching a show are around every bend. We’ll run down some of our favorites. We’ll start with Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores. Located at 300 E. 24th Ave., Big ...Read More

Halloween events along the Alabama Coastal Connection

Whether you enjoy getting the ever-lovin’ heebie jeebies scared out of you, or just want an excuse to wear a costume, we’ve got your official Halloween guide for events along the byway. Head over to South Mobile County for Boo at Bellingrath from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 27. Dress up your little ...Read More

Best fall festivals to experience along the byway

Autumn means football, pumpkins and plenty of festival fun along the Alabama Coastal Connection. Kick it off at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival the weekend of Oct. 11-14, which attracts more than 300,000 people. The big draw is the shrimp, of course, with some of the area’s best chefs and restaurants creating award-winning recipes. ...Read More

How to make sure you’re eating gulf seafood

We know you love eating fresh gulf seafood, but how can you be sure that’s what you’re being served? After all, more than 90 percent of seafood served in U.S. restaurants is imported, according to a study by Oceana, an organization that studies and advocates for safety of the world’s waters. In addition, Oceana investigated ...Read More

Meet the groups that keep our coastal byways beautiful

There’s no doubt the Alabama coast has amazing natural resources, unending recreation opportunities and an abundance of beautiful wildlife. But that doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Dozens of environmental and advocacy groups work to ensure those natural resources are protected for all to enjoy. If you enjoy biking or walking the Eastern Shore Trail from ...Read More