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Conde Cavaliers

Founded in 1977, the Conde Cavaliers open the downtown Mobile parading season. Members proudly point out that they held a ball and a parade in their first year.

The organization is named after the celebrated French general, Prince de Conde, for whom Fort Conde in downtown Mobile is named. It's a large group, and these gents always like to throw.

A recurring float, The Conde Cavalier Express, is an impressive three-unit train.

To see the Mask's photos and video of the Conde Cavaliers' previous parades, click here.

This year, the Condes rolled on January 30 at 6:30 p.m. The theme was Mythical Beasts, and the parade included 19 floats by Royal Artists of New Orleans. It was a brisk evening, right at 50 degrees, maybe a degree or two lower, but the sky was clear. Police estimated that 84,675 people turned out.

The Mask's slideshow of the 2015 parade is below: