As pandemic ebbs, Alabama city throws ‘Tardy Gras’ parade

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Police ride between crowds and floats during a parade dubbed “Tardy Gras,” to compensate for a cancelled Mardi Gras due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Mobile, Ala., Friday, May 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s port city of Mobile has put on a Mardi Gras-style parade, what seemed at least a little like the Carnival celebrations canceled earlier this year because of the pandemic.

Plastic beads and other trinkets flew as nearly 30 floats from Mardi Gras groups snaked through downtown Mobile on Friday night.

Thousands of people turned out in a county and state where only about a quarter of the population is fully vaccinated.

Many went without masks, though health officials had urged personal responsibility.

The parade marks the commissioning of the Navy’s new ship USS Mobile, a shallow-water combat vessel manufactured in Mobile.

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