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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 previous Conde Cavaliers parades, click here.

This year, the Condes rolled on January 22 at 6:30 p.m. The temperature was in the low 40s, and the wind was blowing at 20-plus mph. The theme was Southern Comfort, and the parade included 19 floats by Royal Artists of New Orleans.

In the meantime, to see the Mask's HD video of the 2016 parade, click here. And the Mask's slideshow of photos from the 2016 parade is below.