The Mobile Mystics Mardi Gras organization was founded in May of 1993 with hopes of having a Mardi Gras parade in the 1994 Mardi Gras season. The charter membership was comprised of 52 members who quickly obtained use of Mardi Gras floats from another organization and made plans to stage their first parade. Upon hearing word of the city’s refusal to grant a parade permit, the theme of the ball for 1994 was quickly named “DAMN THE PERMIT-FULL SPEED AHEAD”.The Inaugural Ball was held at the Mobile Convention Center on Wednesday, February 9, 1994. This was the first Mardi Gras ball held in the new facility and continues to be the home of the Mobile Mystic’s Annual Ball.