Black Mardi Gras

First Black Queen of Alabama Mardi Gras Group Dies

Aline Jenkins Howard was 97.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The first woman elected queen of Alabama’s leading black Mardi Gras group has died. News outlets report that Aline Jenkins Howard of Mobile died Thursday. She was 97. Mobile has what it calls the nation’s oldest Mardi Gras celebration and the groups that stage parades and balls historically were broken down by race. The Mobile Area…