- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s coast was alive with parades and parties for Fat Tuesday celebrations despite cool, damp weather as the Mardi Gras season came to an end.

Parades with floats and bands rolled in Baldwin and Mobile counties with temperatures in the 40s and rain showers, so many revelers were bundled up in hats and rain gear.

The biggest events were in Mobile, which had five separate parades on tap starting before noon.

While estimates put weekend crowds at more than 100,000 people a day, the weather appeared to reduce the throng for the final day.

Government offices and many businesses were shut down in the port city, and metal barricades lined parade routes on streets.

Festivities are supposed to end by midnight, when the pre-Easter season of Lent begins for Christians.

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