Parade Day Saturday, February 11

Conde Explorers signature float

Load floats and tailgate 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Calloway-Smith Middle School (350 N. Lawrence St.—off Broad, behind the old Mobile Press Register building). If you get to Calloway-Smith School before the floats arrive, please park in front of the school and not in the grass where the floats will be stationed for loading.  Please do not allow children on the floats.  If we can’t load at Calloway-Smith because of weather, we’ll load at the Conde Cavaliers float barn (Broad St. at the entrance to Brookley); watch your emails and contact your float captain for more details.

Pre-parade party at the Convention Center (not Civic Center) 4-5:30 p.m. on the top floor.  You can park in the parking deck under the Convention Center. We will start our foot march to the floats at 5:30 p.m. Meet in front of the Convention Center and bring some throws to toss on the march if you’d like. 

Also, please note that we will not have access to the restrooms at Expo Hall (Civic Center) after our foot march from the Convention Center to the floats.  There will be portable restrooms that the city puts out.  

This year’s parade theme is “A Night at the Movies.” Float lineup:

1. Emblem float, 2. Robin Hood, 3. The Dark Crystal, 4. Swamp Thing, 5. Jail House Rock, 6. Moby Dick, 7. The Wiz, 8. Clash of the Titans, 9. Harlem Nights, 10. The Greatest Show on Earth, 11. The Court Jester

2017 Conde Explorers Ball

The Conde Explorers Ball

Our ball will follow our parade on Saturday, February 11 from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Mobile Convention Center main ballroom. All guests are kindly reminded to wear formal wear: white tie and tux for the gentlemen and floor length gowns for the ladies. Our members will be in their float riding costumes

Upcoming Dates

photo: free

March 5: pick up tickets for New Orleans bus trip

March 12: bus trip to N.O. for St. Patrick’s Day Parade ($55 includes breakfast and tailgate)

April 9: pick up tickets for White Party

May 13: turn in tickets for White Party and choose tables

May 20: White Party at The Grounds

June 4: first $100 of dues to be paid

July 23: pick up tickets for August Caberet

August 26: Caberet at The Locale

Sept. 10: membership meeting, 2nd $100 dues to be paid

Nov. 12: membership meeting, all dues to be paid

December date TBD: Christmas party

January 27, 2018: parade and ball

Terrance Bridges

Terrance is our president and one of the founding members of the Conde Explorers, which formed in 2004 and held its first parade in 2005. A drum major at Blount High School, he still says it’s not a Mardi Gras parade without the bands. He’s also a firefighter for the city of Mobile.