Friday, February 28, 2014

Yankees, history and Fabric Friday

I am so glad that it is almost the weekend.  Do you have big plans?  It is the last few days of Mardi Gras and I plan to attend Joe Cain Day.  Don't know who Joe Cain is?  How about a history lesson?  Get a glass of sweet tea, sit back, and enjoy the sure to read it in a slow, Southern drawl.

Did you know that Mardi Gras was originally celebrated in the US in Mobile, Alabama?  That's right, not New Orleans.  In fact, we started celebrating here about 15 years before New Orleans did. 

So who is Joe Cain, you ask?  He is the man that is credited with the re-birth of Mardi Gras in Mobile after the Civil War (war of Northern Aggression, as it were).  In 1867, Mobile was still occupied by Union troops (damn Yankees!) and Joe Cain, dressed as a fictional Chickasaw chief named Slacabamorinico, paraded through the streets of Mobile in a coal wagon with six other Confederate veterans.  The costume was a backhanded insult to the Union troops who had never defeated the Chickasaw tribe during the war. 

Joe Cain via

Joe Cain Day is always celebrated the Sunday before Fat Tuesday.  It's a day full of fun, food, processions (not parades on Joe Cain day) and debauchery.  It is sure to be a large time. 

Totally unrelated, I have more fabric from my stash that is available.  I have six yards of Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches in the Turquoise color way.  It is $70 per yard.  Email me if you are interested in purchasing.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Laissez les bons temps rouler.


  1. St. Louis has the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the world, so I'm sure we will run into some Mardi Gras fun this weekend. Happy Friday!

  2. Just watched a show abt joe cain & mardi gras (pbs) I usually fix a big (southern)meal for family & we celebrate for no other reason than to decorate the house & have king cake!

  3. I know it might sound a little crazy asking this now, but is the fabric still available?

    1. Hi Annie, I am happy to order this fabric for you. How much are you needing?