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Northside Merchants Association

The Northside Merchants Association forms the last of the trio of parades that traverse Mobile's Route D on Lundi Gras, the day before Mardi Gras.

The MLK Business and Civic Organization has the first parade, which is primarily for children. The second, the MLK Monday Mystics, is made up of smaller adult Mardi Gras and social orgnanizations.

The third, obviously, is a parade that offers MLK-area businesses the chance to participate.

Robert Battles, coordinator of the Northside Merchants parade, said it has been going on since 1989. When it first started, he said, "We didn't need but one police motorbike and one police car."

Since then, the whole thing has grown quite a bit. "We probably throw more candy than any other parade," Battles said.

To see the Mask's photos of previous Northside Merchants Association parades, click here.

This year, the parade was held on Lundi Gras, February 27, right behind the MLK Monday Mystics and the MLK Business and Civic parades, all of which started at 3 p.m.

The Mask's exclusive slideshow of the 2017 parade is below:
 

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