Mardi Gras Vendor Information
Mardi Gras is an annual celebration which begins before "Fat Tuesday" and ends Shrove Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The dates for Mardi Gras 2019 are February 15, 2019 through March 5, 2019.
There is no planning organization which allocates spaces or designates booths. The individual vendor must secure space from the property owner. No booths, concession trailers, stands, etc. can be set up on City of Mobile right-of-ways.
Food vendors must secure clearance from the Mobile County Board of Health (call 251-690-8116) for any sales of food items to the general public. Vendors are required to contact the Board of health directly to make sure they comply with current restrictions and ordinances.
Vendors are required to contact the State Of Alabama Department Of Revenue to make sure to comply with current Revenue Laws. Please contact the Department Of Revenue @ (251) 344-4737, Ext #535.
There are certain items which are not allowed for sale during Mardi Gras. Some of these items are Firecaps, Fireworks, Silly String, Confetti, and, of course, any types of firearms or illegal items. As well as any items in pressurized containers.
Additional Police Department Restrictions
The following items ARE NOT allowed for sale during Mardi Gras: (1) Plastic or rubber dolls or animals having explicit sexual organs; (2) Plastic or rubber reproductions of female or male sexual organs or private parts. [Public Lewdness Section 13A-12-130, State Code].
If a vendor has a question, they should call the City of Mobile Police Department at (251-208-1715).
One of the questions that is asked most frequently about Mardi Gras vendor fees is how many? If a vendor has a stand and four push carts working the streets, they need five(5) badges: one for the stand and one for each of the four push carts.
There are two classifications of Mardi Gras vendor fees collected by the Revenue Department. They are:
(A) Individual Mardi Gras Peddler
Stand or Stationary Vehicle(each)
Issue Fee $10.00
(B) Individual Mardi Gras Peddler
On Foot - Cart or Basket(each)
Issue Fee $10.00
Mardi Gras Peddler badges are issued only during Mardi Gras and are only good for the duration of Mardi Gras. Vendor fees are due and payable prior to conducting business.
There are (2) ways to buy Mardi Gras badges. The first is to go to Mobile Government Plaza at 205 Government Street, in the South Tower 2nd Floor, to the Mobile Business Center and purchase it; the second way is to buy your badge(s) from the department's License Investigators. The Tax and License Investigators are on the street at all times during Mardi Gras. They are on hand to identify violators, collect any vendor fees not collected, answer questions, and assist vendors with any problems the vendors have during the three week Mardi Gras Period. If the license is not purchased, the business will be shut down and merchandise confiscated
Vendors, whether stationary vehicle or on foot with carts or baskets, must have their badge prominently displayed at all times.
The city is not responsible in the event of lost or stolen Mardi Gras badges. If this should occur, a new Mardi Gras badge must be purchased.
Due to lack of time to verify checks, they are not accepted as payment for vendor fees. Vendor fees are collected in cash, cashiers check, or money order from all vendors for their badges.
Badges are changed each year and designed so they cannot be copied or duplicated for multiple cart vending.
To receive information about vendor fees for the 2019 Mardi Gras season, please contact the City of Mobile Revenue Department.
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