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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.

The Condes rolled on Valentine's Day this year - Friday, February 4 - at 6:30 p.m. The theme was Kings and Queens, and the parade included 19 floats, built by Royal Artists of New Orleans. It was a tad chilly out, and the rain held off just long enough. The Condes, of course, threw like there was no tomorrow.

To see the Mask's video of the parade, click here.

The Mask's slideshow of the parade is below.