While the Krewe of Mullet Mates is technically a Fairhope group, it does not follow the downtown Fairhope parade route. Instead, it hugs Bon Secour Bay on Baldwin County Highway 1.
The group was formed as a more laid-back parading organization for the folks in the southwest end of Baldwin County. "We are very low-key, and we have very few rules," according to the president.
And dues are only $50 a year.
Various groups within the organization make their own "Joe Cain-style" floats. The first Mullet Mates parade was held in 2001 with a whopping 25 units. These days, the parade draws upwards of 25,000 revelers along the five-mile route.
This year, the Mullet Mates rolled on February 25 at 2 p.m.
The theme was Bay Attitudes, and the 30 units in the parade included about 24 floats.