Mobile (/moʊˈbiːl/ moh-BEEL; French pronunciation: [mɔ.bil]) is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. The population within the city limits was 195,111 as of the 2010 United States Census, making it the third most populous city in Alabama, the most populous in Mobile County, and the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Alabama's only saltwater port, Mobile is located at the head of the Mobile Bay and the north-central Gulf Coast. The Port of Mobile has always played a key role in the economic health of the city beginning with the city as a key trading center between the French and Native Americans down to its current role as the 12th-largest port in the United States. Mobile is the principal municipality of the Mobile Metropolitan Statistical Area. This region of 412,992 residents is composed solely of Mobile County; it is the third-largest metropolitan statistical area in the state. Mobile is the largest city in the Mobile-Daphne−Fairhope CSA, with a total population of 604,726, the second largest in the state. As of 2011, the population within a 60-mile (100 km) radius of Mobile is 1,262,907. Mobile began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702. During its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony of France, then Britain, and lastly Spain. Mobile first became a part of the United States of America in 1813, with the annexation of West Florida under President James Madison. In 1861 Alabama joined the Confederate States of America, which surrendered in 1865. As one of the Gulf Coast's cultural centers, Mobile has several art museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional opera, a professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture. Mobile is known for having the oldest organized Carnival celebrations in the United States. The festival began to be celebrated in the first decade of the 18th century by its first French Catholic colonial settlers. Mobile was host to the first formally organized Carnival mystic society, known elsewhere as a krewe, to celebrate with a parade in the United States, beginning in 1830. In 2005 the first integrated mystic society had a parade for Mardi Gras.Wikipedia
Mobile, the original capital of the French Louisiana, is located in the state of Alabama. The city of Mobile is known to be home to the oldest organised carnival celebrations in the United States. Mobile lies on the Gulf Coast and is known a cultural centre having many buildings of historical importance, opera & ballet houses and museums. Some of the places to visit in Mobile are: Historic Fort Conde; Bellingrath Gardens, which has the top Public Rose Garden of 2004 in the United States; Battleship Memorial Park; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; and the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Things to do in Mobile include visiting many of its stadiums, parks and carnivals like: Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Centre; Ladd-Peebles Stadium; Mobile BayBears; Mobile Greyhound Park; and celebrating the oldest Mardi Gras festival of the United States.
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