As pandemic ebbs, Alabama city throws ‘Tardy Gras’ parade

Hayley Bosarge vies for throws as she holds her daughter Ellie Bosarge, 2, during a parade dubbed “Tardy Gras,” to compensate for a cancelled Mardi Gras due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Mobile, Ala., Friday, May 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

MOBILE, Ala. — Thousands of joyful revelers, many without masks, competed for plastic beads and trinkets tossed from floats as Alabama’s port city threw a Mardi Gras-style parade Friday night, its first since Carnival celebrations were scrapped earlier this year by the COVID-19 pandemic.