3 Money-Saving Tips on Car Rentals in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Winter is coming and for many commuters and travelers in the UAE, that means negotiating their car rental contracts, now that many are back from the refreshing Eid holiday. From loyalty programs to selecting the best pick-up location, there are a number of ways you can save money on your next rent a car.

Follow these three money-saving tips to get a better deal rent a car abu dhabi

Become a Loyal Customer

If you haven’t been renting a car from a particular dealer long enough and oral promises don’t work, try prepaying an additional sum to show your inclination of becoming a long-term client. Chances are that you could qualify for a loyal customer program. If however you have been renting a car from a company since 6 months or more, you could be in a position to receive discounts or free upgrades.

Zero-down on your Requirements

Determine ahead of time what ‘extras’ you may need and consider the costs so that they fit within your budget. Items to consider:

  • Car Size: Consider the size of the car you are renting. Do you really need that SUV if it’s just you and another partner traveling?
  • Insurance: Contact your travel insurance and credit card company to see if you already have enough coverage. Thirdly, look at available insurance options with the car rental provider. While insurance cover might be essential, you might not need the pricey full insurance option.
  • Mileage limit: Consider the distance you’d be driving every week and opt for a small mileage package if you need to move about short distances in Abu Dhabi. Be sure to check how much you’d be paying for the extra miles should the need arise.

Skip Renting from the Airport or Hotel

Ignore the car rental kiosks at the airport terminal or your hotel. You’ll surely be able to get a much more cost-effective deal if you Google “car rental companies in Abu Dhabi” from the airport or the country you’re traveling from before reaching Abu Dhabi. Try OneClickDrive.com to ease your search, communicate with the car rental dealers directly and have the car delivered straight to you at the airport arrival terminal.

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School History Trips to Unlock the History of Athens

School history trips bring students into contact with the past, showing them what their texts refer to. In Athens, where ancient monuments still stand, the distant past can be better appreciated: students can know how it felt to stand on the Akropolis beside the imposing Parthenon, or leave the city to visit the nearby Oracle at Delphi. Any school student taking History or Classics classes will benefit from visits to the great city of Athens.

The Akropolis of Athens

The most famous site in Athens is undoubtedly its Akropolis, a citadel on a rocky outcrop rising approximately 150 metres above the centre of the city. It was in use by human habitants of the region for thousands of years before the city of Athens developed and thrived in the Archaic and Classical periods. What stands on the Akropolis today dates to those periods: the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion, the Theatre of Dionysos Eleuthereus, and more.

Visiting the Akropolis of Athens on school history trips, students will first be awed by the marble steps and monumental gateway — the Propylaia — that take them onto the top of the hill. The massive structure of the Parthenon, the temple to the city’s patron goddess Athena, dominates the hilltop and draws all visitors to it. It is a staggering work of ancient architecture and the centre of Athenian celebrations in Athena’s name. Other surviving structures, such as the Erechtheion on the top of the Akropolis — with its porch held up by Caryatids — and the Theatre of Dionysos on the hill’s side, where many of the famous tragedies and comedies of ancient Athens were performed, complete this sensory introduction into the scale and shape of Athenian public life.

The nearby Akropolis Museum is an excellent next stop for students on school history trips, as it provides a wealth of material culture associated with and found on the Akropolis – from spindle whorls to statues. Elsewhere in Athens, sites such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Andrian’s Arch are beautiful, well-preserved monuments.

The Oracle at Delphi

Young visitors can trace the steps of many famed people in the ancient world by leaving Athens to visit the Oracle at Delphi. The Athenian tragedian Aeschylus wrote that the significance of Delphi began in prehistory with worship of Gaea, and certainly the site has long been in use, with a wealth of Mycenaean remains found there. Most of the ruins visible on the mountainside today date to the 6th century CE, including the reconstructed Temple of Athens (dedicated at Delphi in honour of the Athenians’ victory at the battle of Marathon) and the remains of the Temple of Apollo, a theatre and a stadium for the Pythian games held at the site. The rock on which the Oracle sat and prophesied is still in situ. Young learners on school history trips can stand beside it and contemplate the role of prophecy in the ancient world.

Kiama Notable Tourist Destination

With so many attractions to see and exciting activities to engage in, Kiama Australia is one of the most preferred destinations around the world. Kiama derived its name from the aboriginal word kiarama. Literally, it means a place where sea makes much noise. Indeed there are so many attractive beaches found here. Those beaches are ideal for surfing, canoeing, and kayaking. As an amazing fact, many of the surfing competitions are held here each year. Among those famous beaches are the East Beach and Caravan Park (Kiama Heights), Bombo Surf Beach (Bombo Beach), Boyds Beach (Kiama Downs), Kendalls Beach Kiama) and the Mystic Beach (Minnamura River).

Kiama is also widely known as a place where the mountain touches the sea. This pertains to the second most famous Blowhole around the world known as the Kiama Blowhole. It attracts millions of visitors each year. Going little further, tourists can see the Little Blowhole. It is situated between the Kendalls Beaches and East Beach.
There is also an impressive coastal walking trail where visitors can have a scenic walk from East Beach to Minnamura River. Engaging in a trail walk allows visitors to see and pass both of the blowholes. Additional is the 7 kilometer path that allows tourists to walk along the cliffs going to Gerringong.

Within few kilometers away from the north of Bombo Beach is the Cathedral Rock Formation. It is also popular tourist’s destination. It features a cycle way and a walk way that leads to the lovely coast in Kiama.

Historical Tourist Attractions

Kiama is not only blessed with natural attractions. It also boasts many impressive historical and heritage attractions. One of the most visited historic buildings in the city is the Post Office. It is situated favorably near the Black Beach. It can be easily distinguished because of it color pink paint.

Along Terralong Street, travelers can see many restaurants, shops, art galleries, and cafes. Alonside the street is the war memorial, small historical shopping centre and the fire station where various exhibits are held each year. Both arts and cultural events in Kiama are also popular for tourists. Another emerging attraction in the area is the food and wine trail.

Situated a few meters away from Blowhole is the Lighthouse. It was built last 1887. It holds the pilot cottage heritage and the information centre. Found on the north area is the Kiama Harbour. It is a popular place for fishing. Seafood markets are also found in this place. On the Harbour, visitors can see the impressive rock pool and seaside cabin.

More Fun and Adventures

Just about seven kilometers away from the suburb is the 600 meter tall Saddleback Lookout, which is located in the Saddleback Mountain. Panoramic views can be seen at the area. It provides a scenic backdrop to the city.

A popular water themed park is the Jamberoo Action Park. It is only a 10 minutes driveway from the inland. On the west area of Kiama is the famous Jerrara Dam which is located in green rolling hills. It is now considered as a reserve.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum

Woodrow Wilson was born in the city of Staunton, Va. in 1856. His father, a first generation American of Scotch-Irish ancestry was the Presbyterian minister in the city. He accepted the post in 1854 and brought his wife and two daughters to live here in 1855. They were from the north but adapted easily to the southern way of life. His mother, Jessie Woodrow, was a Scot who had been born in England where her father, also a Presbyterian minister, was serving. Her family immigrated to Ohio when she was a child.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 at 12:45 a.m. In April 1857 Jessie wrote the following to her father about her new son “The boy is a fine healthy fellow. He is much larger than either of the other ones were and just as fat as can be. Everyone tells us he is a beautiful boy. What is best of all, he is just as good as can be, as little trouble as it is possible for a baby to be.”

The family only stayed here for a few years but it always remained in the heart of the future president. He returned to visit Staunton after he was elected president but before he took office. He spent his 56th birthday in the home where he was born. After his death, Mary Baldwin College decided it wanted to set up a memorial in the city of his birth and they purchased the manse. The rest as they say is history. Today not only is there the historic birth site but a museum and the Presidential Library.

If it has been a few years since you visited or if you have never visited you will be delighted with what you will find here. Your visit begins in the Visitor Center where the shop is also located. There is a 12 minute film to watch to prepare you for your visit to the museum and the manse. After watching the film, head to the museum building to purchase your ticket and to sign up for the guided tour of the manse. You enter the manse through the basement and it is disturbing to find out that the Wilson family had three slaves helping at the manse when they were here.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and encouraged us to ask questions. The tour is not too long, maybe a half hour; it covers the basement and first floor of the house. You then head back to take your time enjoying all the information that is on display in the museum. The presidential Pierce Arrow is one of the most popular exhibits. The museum is very well organized and the information is well displayed and explained. Allow at least a half hour and a lot more if you are a history buff.

As presidential sites go, this one is pretty darn interesting. We spent quite a long time here and left feeling as if we knew Woodrow Wilson a lot better than we had when we walked in. Pictures are allowed in the museum but not inside the manse. There is a parking lot located behind the buildings that is accessed from E. Frederick Street.

Alaska Airlines sponsors flights for foodies Taste Washington contest

Alaska Airlines is offering foodies a chance to win a flight to the Emerald City to sample some mighty fine fare. The official airline of Taste Washington which takes place March 29 and 30, 2014, Alaska is has launched an online sweepstakes for foodies and wine enthusiasts to score a trip for two to Seattle, including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and admission to the two-day event held at CenturyLink Field Event Center that will feature more than 200 Washington wineries and 70 Seattle-area restaurants. The contest ends March 20 and two winners will be selected at random and notified on March 21. To enter and review complete contest rules*, visit www.facebook.com/AlaskaAirlines.

“Great food is part of every adventure and there’s no better place to experience Northwest wines and foods than by visiting Taste Washington,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “Alaska Airlines has a long tradition of supporting local businesses by serving a variety of high-quality Washington products like Beecher’s cheese, La Panzanella Crackers and Tim’s Cascade Chips onboard our flights.”

The airline will have official booths at the “Taste of Washington at 30,000 feet,” where visitors can experience the carrier’s new main cabin premium wine made by Canoe Ridge and enjoy samples from the airline’s signature fruit and cheese plate. An additional lounge will be dedicated to Alaska Airline Visa cardholders who will be able to sample reserve wines from some of the most prestigious labels in Washington, including DeLille Cellars, Dunham Cellars, Dusted Valley, Va Piano Vineyards and Sparkman Cellars. Guests will also enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by John Howie, the award-winning chef owner of Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar and John Howie Steak, and winner of Alaska Airlines’ 2013 Copper Chef Cook-off.

Alaska Airlines offers daily nonstop service to some great wine regions such as Walla Walla, Pasco/Tri-Cities and Yakima, Wash.; Portland and the Willamette Valley, Ore.; and San Francisco and Santa Rosa, CA. And get this, wine lovers can check one case of wine for free on flights departing from Pasco/Tri-Cities, Santa Rosa, Walla Walla and Yakima. Learn more about the Washington Taste and Tote program at www.tasteandtote.com/default.asp.

For a chance to try your luck in the foodie flight sweepstakes go to www.facebook.com/AlaskaAirlines. You must submit your entry by the end of day March 20, 2014.

If you do win a flight to Seattle you might want to view the video to see how to get around the Emerald City.

Geography Trips to Spectacular South Africa

Geography trips to South Africa take students to one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, in a setting of stunning rock formations, such as Table Mountain and Blyde River Canyon. South Africa is home to some of the world’s most unique wild animals and stunning flora, which students will be able to witness in Kruger National Park and Kirstenbosch (one of eight National Botanical Gardens). Going on geography trips
to South Africa is both enriching and unforgettable for young learners.

Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch was founded in 1913 to preserve the unique flora of South Africa, and with a few minor exceptions, it only cultivates indigenous species. Its outdoor area is mainly dedicated to flora native to the Cape region, including a collection of the famous protea family. In a large conservatory it grows plants from other South African biomes, including savannah, fynbos and karoo. Kirstenbosch gives students on geography trips a valuable opportunity to study the remarkable diversity of South African flora up-close. The gardens are located on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, with several walking trails leading from the gardens up the sides of the mountain.

Table Mountain

The iconic flat-topped Table Mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town is familiar to many people. Its smooth top is Ordovician quartzitic sandstone (commonly known as Table Mountain Sandstone), a form of rock that is highly resistant to erosion. Its shape encourages the formation of orographic clouds on its top that resemble a tablecloth. Bio-diversity on Table Mountain is remarkably high, with an estimated 2,200 flora species confined to the mountain. Many of these are threatened. The mountain is also notable for being the only terrestrial feature to give its name to a constellation: Mensa (‘The Table’) below Orion in the southern hemisphere. The unique landscape of Table Mountain is an excellent case study on geography trips to South Africa, as well as a stunning sight that will awe every student.

Blyde River Canyon

Another striking natural feature of South Africa is Blyde River Canyon. Carved into predominantly red sandstone, it is one of the largest canyons in the world, and may be the largest ‘green canyon’ due to the subtropical forest covering its slopes. It supports a diverse array of mammal, bird, fish and plant life. It makes another top destination for geography trips, demonstrating the breadth and beauty of biomes in South Africa.

Kruger National Park

One of the largest game reserves on the continent, Kruger National Park is an opportunity for students to see some of Africa’s most famous wildlife in a vast natural habitat. In addition to sighting the ‘Big Five’, students can see the different regions of plant life within the park: thorn trees and red bush-willow veld, knob-thorn and marula veld, red bush-willow and mopane veld, and shrub mopane veld.

4 Star Hotels in Dehradun – High Class Accommodations for You

The capital city Dehradun immediately brings to mind a picture of glamour and aristocracy considering that it flaunts the famous Doon School, from which well known personalities like Sanjay Dutt etc have passed out as well as the Indian Military Academy where cadets undergo a full training course to pass out as Army Officers. Not to mention that we have the Forest Research Institute and The Welham School for Boys & Girls there too.
However located in the Doon Valley Region at the foothold of The Himalayas, Dehradun has a lot to offer in terms of heritage and tourism. It is a gateway to two of the most sought after places of piligrimage- Haridwar, where the Ganga flows down to the plains and is one of the four destinations of the Kumbh Mela and Rishikesh which can be called as the centre of World Yoga, a must for every spiritual aspirant. Other places are the Tapkeshwar Temple, Kalanga Monument, Tapovan, Malsi Deer Park, The Char Siddhis or group of four temples (Laxman Siddh, Kalu Siddh, Manak Siddh & Madu SIddh), RobberâEUR(TM)s Cave, Central, Braille Press, Sahastradhara or site of thousand springs, Santaura Devi Temple, Bhadraj Temple, Lachhiwala, Rajaji National Park, Kalinga War Memorial, Mindrolling Monaestry, Clock Tower, Ram Rai Darbar, Jwalaji Temple and Sai Darbar Temple etc.
Dehradun also has proximity to Mussorie, Nainital and Auli and it also flaunts the only full sized ice arena in India at Maharana Pratap Sports Complex, Raipur where Ice Skating Competitions and Ice Hockey Tournaments are held. Known as the Doon Ice Rink it has to its credit of hosting the prestigious IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia.
It attracts International and National Tourists alike and to cater to them has a range of hotels including 4 star and 5 star hotels. Some of the prominent 4 star hotels present there are given below:

    • The Solitaire at Haridwar Bye Pass Road and 6 km from the railway station, it offers all modern facilities including Spa, Swimming Pool and fitness centre.

 

    • At a distance of around 3 km from the Railway Station is Hotel Pacific with the Malsi Deer Park just 15 minutes away.

 

    • Naturoville Luxury Spa Resort which is a 20 minute drive from Rishikesh.

 

    • Hotel Madhuban which is ten minutes away from Dehradun Railway Station.

 

    • The Competent Palace at Chakrata Road close to the Industrial Area around 20Kms away from Dehradun Main City.

 

    • Hotel Softel Plaza at Sharanpur Road surrounded by a lush green environment.

 

    • Shaheen Bagh which in itself is a place to watch rare birds with scenic views.

 

Inderlok Hotel on the Dehradun- Mussorie Road with proximity to the religious places on one side and the Mussorie hills on the other side.
The Viceroy Inn Hotel on NH-72 Almost all these hotels give free wi- fi and have conference halls and lounges. These Hotels are also associated with number of tour operators and as a package in a tour would be value for money too.

3 Star Hotels In Coorg – The Kashmir Of Karnataka

Coorg is a beautiful city of the Indian state of Karnataka, which portrays a lovely blend of modern structures with natural scenery. The city has also not fallen short of accommodating its visitors as there is a wide range of 3 star hotels in Coorg besides budget, 4 star and 5 star hotels as well. Located on the Southern Port of Karnataka, Coorg is world famous for its coffee and regarded as the Scotland of India. Apart from this, the lush green valleys, musty hills, evergreen forests, breath-taking waterfalls draw the attention of tourists. Orange groves, cardamom, pepper plants, coffee plantations and dense forests encircle the whole region. One of the major rivers of India, Kaveri, originates at Talakaveri in Coorg. You make one trip to Coorg and the memories will remain in you for the rest of your life. Coorg has developed as an international attraction over the decades and people come from every corner of the globe to this awe-inspiring place of India. In this scenario, it is quite relevant that there is a myriad of 3 star hotels in Coorg in order to house the tourists.
In addition to this, Coorg (also named as Kodagu) also offers a great variety of enchanting sites to its visitors. If you want to explore the secrets of this captivating city, then you must get one of the best suitable 3 star hotels in Coorg that can understand your requirements and provide the services accordingly. 3 star hotels do not necessarily means second class facilities and poor services. Coorg has a plethora of 3 star hotels with all lofty amenities and good services. However, while deciding to stay in a specific hotel, you must check for its quality of services and level of facilities. In case you have many options, you can compare among them and reach out at a conclusion. It is advisable that you should prefer the hotel that is comparatively closer to most of the tourist spots. This will not only save your precious time but allow you to enjoy your trip at the fullest as well. Some of the 3 star hotels in Coorg provide unparalleled services at reasonable charges.
There are a number of tourist attractions in Coorg ranging from religious spots to enthralling valleys. Some of the most visited sites include Abbi Falls, Harangi Dam, Mallali Falls, Tadiandamol Trek, Pushpagiri Trek and more. Some of the most preferred religious places involve Omkareshwara Temple, Tibetian Temple, Talakauvery and many others. Moreover, there remains a lot to explore such as Madikeri Fort, Nagarhole National Park, Valanoor, Nisargadhama, Mandalpatti View Point, Honnamana Kere and many more. You can take pleasure in visiting all these places by booking the rooms to one of the most dependable and luxurious 3 star hotels in Coorg. Selecting a top-notch hotel can make your journey more exciting as well as unforgettable. If you are travelling with your family, then make sure whether the chosen hotel will be appropriate for the other members of your family.

Disney announces 24-hour all-night 'Disney Side Party' for Memorial Day weekend

It was very successful in each of the last two years so Disney has decided to do it all again. As per Doctor Disney on Feb. 28, 2014, Disney has announced another 24-hour, all-night event for both the Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort for a coast-to-coast event.

Disney revealed a pic on Friday morning that showed the “ultimate tweet” that was a giant hashtag made up of 140 awesome characters. It was to officially announce the “Rock Your Disney Side Party” that will take place in both parks and last a full 24-hours.

Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on May 23, 2014, the event will officially get underway. It will then end at 6:00 a.m. on May 24, 2014. Disney says the two theme parks will be “filled with Disney heroes and villains” during the whole time of the event.

Two years ago, the event was listed as “One More Disney Day” and was a 24-hour event that took place on Leap Day.

In 2013, the event kicked off the “Monstrous Summer” with another 24-hour day that coincided with the upcoming release of the new Pixar film, “Monsters University.”

Now, the company wants guests to show their #DisneySide and come dressed in costume to celebrate the good vs. evil, hero vs. villain theme that will take over Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. It’s going to bring about special treats, rare characters, and awesome events.

Making it even better is that this event will happen at the same time as the second weekend of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Park and cruise made easy at the Port of Los Angeles

Imagine you’re taking a cruise out of Los Angeles, and you don’t want to fly to catch your ship. You plan to drive. But where can you leave your car for a week or more?

No worries. It’s smooth sailing when you stay, play and stow your wheels at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel. We did, and we’re ready to do it all over again.

Just to be clear, the cruise port of Los Angeles is actually located in San Pedro. So if you’re looking for a convenient hotel close to your ship, San Pedro is the only way to go.

The hotel

The Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel is mere blocks from San Pedro’s cruise terminal, a.k.a. the Port of Los Angeles. You could walk to your ship if you didn’t have your cruise gear in tow. Fortunately, the Crowne Plaza has a free shuttle to transport you and your bags to the pier in time for boarding. When you return from your cruise, simply call the hotel. They’ll come pick you up.

We loved all the little extras at the Crowne Plaza. Upon arrival (after our long drive), we were greeted at reception with freshly baked cookies and chilled, citrus-flavored water. Another time, we discovered a bowl of apples at the front desk.

Our room was decorated with photos of the harbor. We could open our window for fresh sea air. And, we had the necessities—a coffee maker, flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The only things missing were a fridge and an in-room safe.

In the afternoon, we decided to check out the rooftop’s jetted tub and heated swimming pool. The pool, to our surprise, was bath-warm in January; ideal for a bit of pre-cruise R&R. Of course, the hotel also has a gym.

If you want to venture out of the Crowne Plaza, San Pedro’s museums and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Park and sail

As we discovered, cruising out of L.A. couldn’t be easier when you can park your car for a week, or even two weeks, as part of a package. The Crowne Plaza’s parking is underground, well lit and, best of all, it’s covered from the elements. An elevator from the garage leads right up to the hotel lobby for easy loading and unloading of luggage.

Here’s the deal: The Crowne Plaza’s “Park and Sail” package includes welcome house drinks for two, a full breakfast buffet for two, your room and valet parking for up to 15 days. The price of a double room (from $189 plus tax on the web for March) includes shuttle service for you and your luggage to the pier on embarkation day and back to the hotel (to retrieve your car or stay another night) upon your return.

If you prefer, you may be able to park yourself and take your car keys with you. Inquire at the front desk when you check in. You’ll receive a paper noting your return date to place on your dash while you’re away.

For more information, contact the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel at 310-519-8200 or 800-972-2576. The hotel in conveniently located at 601 S. Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro, California.

America's Mardi Gras Mother – Mobile, Alabama

Long before Carnivale was celebrated in Rio de Janeiro or the first bead was thrown in New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama was the capital of French Louisiana (founded 1702) and they celebrated their first Mardi Gras (French for fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the begining of the Lenten season) in 1703. The Boeuf Gras (beef/ox fat) society, formed in 1711, was their first mystic society.

In the first century of Mardi Gras in the Americas the celebrations were social gatherings and masquerade balls that centered around the eating of fatty and sugary foods prior to the deprivations of Lent. In 1830 the Cowbellion de Rakin Society held America’s first Mardi Gras Parade with marchers carrying rakes, hoes, and cow bells. In 1840 the Cowbellions added floats pulled by horses to the parade. In 1856 New Orleans first crew, The Mystick Krewe of Comus, formed with former Cowbellions who had relocated to New Orleans.

Mardi Gras continues to be celebrated in Mobile with preparation and festivities begining around Thanksgiving and continuing until Mardi Gras evening.

In Mobile the major parades usually roll on parade route A and line up along side the Mobile Civic Center. For those who want to attend the parade, wave at their family and friends and then go home early, catching the parade along church street as it rolls past is your best bet. For those who plan on making an evening of it, there are hotels, restaurants, and bars along the next leg of the route on North Royal Street and cars park on the Water Street median a block away with police directing traffic and keeping things orderly along the way.

The west end of the parade route is defined by Spring Hill Avenue on the north and Canal Street on the south. North Washington marks its east side and North/South Broad is the west. There are some great places to chill and wait for the parade, such as Moe’s Original Bar B Que on Spring Hill Avenue across from the Central Fire Department.

For the diehard parade lover the place to watch the parade is along Government Street between North Claiborne Street and North Washington Street. The parades hit this stretch about halfway through their route before turning onto North Washington and then the parade returns to roll through this stretch again before turning down Claiborne and returning to the Civic Center. This is a great spot to watch if you have friends and family in the parade as you see the floats on both sides for photo opportunities. It is also a great spot for collectors of throws as it gets hit twice and the second time around they are clearing out what they have left.

Often the riders will hang onto special items and tease the crowd along the way with the big, stuffed animals and other prized items. You can expect to see these flying towards the end on Government and Claiborne streets.

While Mardi Gras in Mobile is not a dry (alcohol free) party, it is very family oriented and doesn’t have the extreme party atmosphere that many associate with Mardi Gras in New Orleans. So if you always wanted to go to Mardi Gras but were afraid of the excesses you hear about in New Orleans, check out America’s Mardi Gras Mother in Mobile, Alabama.