Darkened photograph of several Latin American musicians.

Exploring Mobile and Beyond!

The Azalea City

Mobile is one of Alabama's largest and oldest cities. Named for the indigenous Native American Mobile Tribe, the city is known for its significance as a port and its many important roles in colonial and American history, as well as proudly boasting a lively and influential culture, an incredible amount of ecological biodiversity giving the city the nickname "America's Amazon," and much more.

Being the first capital of French Louisiana, Mobile retains a great deal of French and French-inspired culture, including the creation of the first Mardi Gras in 1699 that is still celebrated annually. The city is home to a great number of museums and historical buildings.

Cultures that Make Mobile

Throughout its history, Mobile has been under the rule of several countries: France, Great Britain, Spain, and now the United States of America. It has also been a hub for immigration due to its accessible geographic location as a port. It is no wonder, then, that the Mobile International Festival would be born; this city is one that celebrates its diversity and encourages education.

Four people dressed in traditional clothing standing arm-in-arm.
Photograph of a person cosplaying Naruto Uzumaki.