Mardi Gras 2015: The sign of the Moon Pie

Evelyn "Champagne" King performing at Moon Pie over Mobile
Evelyn “Champagne” King performing at Moon Pie over Mobile

All over the world the ending of the old year and the coming of the new year is celebrated.  In Mobile, Alabama where they held the first Mardi Gras parade in the Americas, Mobilians celebrate the New Year with their favorite Mardi Gras throw at the Moon Pie over Mobile.

The Moon Pie was created in 1917 at the suggestion of a hungry Kentucky coal miner, but it is also a great pick me up for a hungry, Mardi Gras photographer!  It is a delicious treat made with two cookies sandwiching marshmallow and then coated with flavored candy coating.  The original Moonpie was chocolate but they now there are several flavors including salted caramel.

Remnants of the Worlds Largest Moon Pie at Moon Pie over Mobile
Remnants of the Worlds Largest Moon Pie at Moon Pie over Mobile

Mobilians are so in love with the Moon Pie that, instead of dropping a ball to announce New Years Day, they drop a 12 foot Moon Pie.  During the hours leading up to the dropping of the Moon Pie they also serve up the largest Moon Pie in the world to everyone that comes by for a sample.

Stephen Fante and Moon Pie Moonshine at Moon Pie over Mobile
Stephen Fante and Moon Pie Moonshine at Moon Pie over Mobile

This year, folks from the Limestone Branch Distillery in Kentucky came down with their new taste treat geared strictly for the adult Moon Pie lovers, Moon Pie Moonshine.  Moon Pie Moonshine is 50 proof or so, and is flavored with the taste of Moon Pie.  It comes in chocolate, banana, and vanilla Moon Pie flavors but with a Mardi Gras Moonshine kick.

Paul Beam and Moon Pie Moonshine at Moon Pie over Mobile
Paul Beam and Moon Pie Moonshine at Moon Pie over Mobile

Moon Pie Moonshine is distilled by Kentucky’s Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky by Paul and Steve Beam.  They are descendants of Case Minor Beam and Steve was on the show “Moonshiners.”  They are following the traditional distilling of their ancestors, while also innovating with products such as their Moon Pie Moonshine.

The Village People performing at Moon Pie over Mobile
The Village People performing at Moon Pie over Mobile

In addition to Moon Pies and moonshine, the Mobile New Year’s Eve celebration had music throughout the evening with The Village People headlining the series.  So with music, moonshine, and Moon Pies, Mobile rings in the new year and the 2015 Mardi Gras season.  Tomorrow, January 3, 2014, the Go Daddy Bowl Mardi Gras parade, featuring Danica Patrick, will be rolling on the streets of Mobile and Sunday is the Go Daddy Bowl.

Laissez les bon temps rouler! – Let the good times roll!

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