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Take a Virtual Tour of the Mobile Carnival Museum

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Mobile Carnival Museum is located in beautiful downtown Mobile, AL. Visit the gallery to take a virtual tour or visit the Mobile Carnival Museum’s website for more info.

The Number One Reason to Shop Toomey’s! Contest Rules

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The Number One Reason to Shop Toomey’s Contest

Do you know the number one reason to shop Toomey’s? We Do! If you are the first to guess what we believe is the number one reason shop Toomey’s Mardi Gras, we’ll give you a reason to shop Toomey’s… A $100 gift card good towards all merchandise in our store!  Remember the FIRST person to guess our number one reason to shop Toomey’s correctly wins the prize so hurry up and get your submissions in! Only one submission per contestant. The Contest ends July 5th, 2013 at 5pm CDT.

Contest Rules and How to Enter

The contest winner will guess the “Number one reason to shop Toomey’s” which is predetermined by our staff. Entry must match our pretedermined “Number one reason to shop Toomey’s” answer exactly.

All entries should be submitted electronically, by posting on any of the social media sites listed below. All entries must be tagged with the designated tag under the site it is being posted to. Entries may be submitted on one or more of the social media sites listed below. If entry is not tagged properly it will not be qualified to enter Toomey’s Mardi Gras Number One Reason Contest.

Social Media Sites

Facebook: @toomeysmardigras
Instagram: @toomeysmardigras
Twitter: @toomeymardigras

Judging

Entries will be compared to the number one reason by the Toomey’s Mardi Gras staff  and a winner will be chosen based on an exact match. Toomey’s Mardi Gras shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by Toomey’s Mardi Gras are final.

Awards

The winner chosen by the staff of Toomey’s Mardi Gras will receive a $100 gift card valid towards the purchase of any item(s) sold by Toomey’s Mardi Gras.

Submission Deadline

May 14, 2013 – July 5th, 2013 at 5 pm CDT

Questions

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to adam@toomeys-mardigras.com.

 

Content Restrictions:

  • The Submission must not contain material that violates, misappropriates, or infringes upon any law or regulation or the rights of any third party, including any copyright, trademark, or any rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights;
  • The Submission must not disparage any person or entity;
  • The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, and/or obscene.
  • The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.
  • Only one submission per contestant is allowed.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

A Mardi Gras store may not be the first place you’d think of to shop for Mother’s Day. But believe it or not, we have lots of items that Mom would love, even if she’s not interested in beads and MoonPies. Moms always need a place to put their rings, necklaces, and bracelets. How about a jewelry box? We have several different shapes and sizes. From a larger purple ornamented box with room for a few different pieces, to a tiny crown shaped box big enough to hold just a couple of rings, she’s sure to be delighted with whichever one you choose. Of course, you may want to add a new piece of jewelry to the box before you wrap it up. Our glass beads make nice accessories for any time of the year, not just Mardi Gras. We have them in several color combinations and styles, and sets including earrings and bracelets. What mom doesn’t have tons of pictures of her kids? Moms always love a nice photo frame. You can choose just one for a 4×6 photo, or get a few hanging frames, and put pictures of all the kids and grandkids in them for an ornament she’ll love to hang.

For moms who love to entertain, consider some new wine glasses or a nice wine stopper. A set of wine charms is also a great gift. Placemats, a table runner, and some candle holders would giver her a big head start on her party decorations. Start a new tradition, and give Mom a beautiful ornament, with a note attached thanking her for all the things she’s done for you this year. Make sure the note is nicely written on good paper and attached with a pretty ribbon, so that she can leave it on the ornament. When she decorates her Christmas tree each year, she’ll have lots of happy reminders of how much she’s appreciated and loved. Of course, you can always try beads and MoonPies. Who doesn’t love those?

The 29th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The 29th Annual Mullet TossAfter you come to our Wreath Workshop this Saturday April 27th, you should definitely consider a trip to the beautiful beaches of the Alabama and Florida state line to see how far you can toss your mullet. No, not your luxurious mane you’ve been grooming since the 80′s… the actual fish! This weekend marks the 29th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss, a 3 day long event where casual party-goers and serious “athletes” get a chance to toss one of the areas most abundant fish as far as they can. Mullet are found throughout the waters of the Gulf Coast including Mobile Bay and often travel in large schools making them easy to identify and easy to catch, that is IF you’re good with a net. Each year, the Flora-Bama Lounge in Perdido Key rounds these fish up in preparation for one of the biggest beach parties of the year. This is how it works: Each competitor is placed into classes in respect to their gender and age. They each get one chance to throw a fish as far as they can from inside a 10 foot circle. Step out of the circle or throw your fish into the crowd and you’ll be disqualified. Toss your mullet the farthest and you’ll go down in history as the king of the beach. The furthest toss to date is right at 200ft. If you want to be the most popular person there you could always stop by our store and pick up some Mardi Gras beads and bring some of the local flavor with you. If you get any good photographs of the event we want to see them! Just hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Toomey’s Mardi Gras Photo Contest – Floats!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Contest Rules and How to Enter

Photos must include a Mardi Gras float during a Mardi Gras parade. Photos will be judged on creativity, so feel free to channel your inner artist.

Photos should be submitted electronically, by posting on any of the social media sites listed below. All photos must be tagged with the designated tag under the site it is being posted to. Photos may be submitted on one or more of the social media sites listed below. If photo is not tagged properly it will not be qualified to enter Toomey’s Mardi Gras Social Media Photo Contest. Photographs can be taken by using any camera or smart phone.

Social Media Sites

Facebook: @toomeysmardigras
Instagram: @toomeysmardigras
Twitter: @toomeymardigras

Photos submitted through these sites may be shared by Toomey’s Mardi Gras and you grant Toomey’s Mardi Gras a royalty-free, non-exclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

• Use the photograph on the Internet.
• Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for non-commercial use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages and the like.
• Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
• Keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD or in other electronic forms, so that your photos can be used to support our establishment.

Judging

Images will be judged by the Toomey’s Mardi Gras staff and a winner will be chosen based on overall response to the photo from the staff. Toomey’s Mardi Gras shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.

Awards

The winner chosen by the staff of Toomey’s Mardi Gras will receive a $20 gift card valid towards the purchase of any item(s) sold by Toomey’s Mardi Gras.

Submission Deadline

April 22, 2013 – May 2, 2013 at 5 pm CDT

Questions

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to adam@toomeys-mardigras.com.

 

Content Restrictions:

  • The Submission must demonstrate the contest themes
  • The Submission must not contain material that violates, misappropriates, or infringes upon any law or regulation or the rights of any third party, including any copyright, trademark, or any rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights;
  • The Submission must not disparage any person or entity;
  • The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, and/or obscene.
  • The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.

How Did March Madness Get So Popular?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

March MadnessIt’s that time of year again. Time to fill out your brackets, put on your favorite school’s colors, and root them on in a tournament where anyone can win. But how did this college basketball tournament become the behemoth that it is today? Here’s a little history. In 1938 the National Invitational Tournament, or NIT, was created as a result of the popularity of a series of games in which notable collegiate teams from around the nation were invited to play the best college teams in New York. The games we’re so popular that a group of New York sportswriters saw an opportunity and created the NIT. In 1939 the National Association of Basketball Coaches, or NABC, created a national championship tournament to compete with the NIT. It was a huge failure mainly because of poor planning and promoting and many teams passed on an invite due to prior NIT bids or obligations to class attendance and studies. Discouraged by the lack of attendance, the NABC offered to hand the tournament over to the NCAA if the organization agreed to pay off all debt amassed by the failure and supply NABC with free tickets to future title games. The NCAA agreed and payed $2,531 to clear the debt. In 1940, the tournament was moved to Kansas City, which was the heart of basketball country, and did everything in it’s power to promote the event. The national inclusiveness and “David vs. Goliath” type match-ups helped the tournament gain popularity among fans. The NIT however was still going strong throughout the 40s and was considered the premier tournament. That all changed in 1951. That year the NIT was involved in a huge point shaving scandal which hurt it’s credibility and boosted the NCAA’s. Not long after, the television became the main source of household entertainment and the NCAA was able to capitalize on this invention and it never looked back. Today the NCAA tournament makes over $700 million on TV revenue alone which is more than enough to re-coup the losses suffered by paying the “large” debt of $2,531 in 1939. The NCAA was able to take a fledgling tournament from zero to hero and create many memorable sports moments along the way as well as captivate a nation for 3 weeks in March.
With the whole country watching, every fan wants to do his best to support the school he loves and if you’re searching for something to help you stand out from the crowd check out our Basketball Beads and Official Collegiate Beads featuring many of the top schools. Get those brackets filled out and we’ll see you at the big dance!

The 2012 Summer Olympics

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

 

London 2012 Opening Ceremonies

 

You might have heard, in the last few days, about some sporting events going on in another part of the world. Athletes from all over the planet travel to this place to compete in dozens of different events. The winners receive medals and become heroes in their home countries. Those of us not competing watch the events on our televisions at home and learn new things about sports that we didn’t know existed. Elaborate ceremonies open and close the games, and we wait four years for the next event to roll around. Of course, we’re talking about the Olympics, and they wrap up this week.

 

 

Runners at the Olympics

Most countries have their own sporting events that are more popular than others. But every four years, the entire world tunes in to watch these games. They range from individual events, like Gymnastics, Diving, and Cycling, to full teams for games like volleyball, basketball, and water polo. One of the most popular categories of games is called simply “Athletics”, also known as Track and Field. This covers events like pole vaulting, long jump, sprinting and relay races, and decathlon.

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle Douglas wins gold at Gymnastics

The games can change from year to year to include newer sports gaining popularity, or to exclude others. After the 2008 Summer Olympics, baseball and softball were both voted out of the games. In the next Summer Olympics, to be held in Rio 2016, two new additions will be golf and rugby. Earlier Olympic games included croquet, motor boating and tug-of-war, and in ancient times, athletes competed in chariot racing.

 
Whether you’re keeping up with how many medals your team has won or not, the games are always interesting. And after the closing ceremonies on Sunday, August 12, your next opportunity to catch Olympic athletes in action will be Winter 2014, when the Winter Olympics, consisting of events like ice skating and skiing, are held in the Russian city of Sochi.

 

 

 

The Maine Lobster Festival

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

 

The Big Parade

In our little area of the Gulf Coast, one of the biggest and most well known seafood festivals is Gulf Shores’ Shrimp Festival, held every year in October. While that’s still a couple of months away, seafood is still being celebrated in other areas around the country.
This week, the lobster is being celebrated in Rockland, Maine, at the Maine Lobster Festival. The festival kicks off today, August 1st, and runs through the weekend. The words “Maine” and “lobster” always seem to go hand in hand. That’s because the cold Maine water is the perfect habitat for lobster, and last year, the catch exceeded 100 million pounds.

 

 

Arts and crafts at the Maine Lobster Festival

The festival features a parade led by the Grand Marshal and the 2012 Sea Goddess, the Sea Princesses, their Escorts, King Neptune and his court. There’s a Fine arts tent, displaying the best in local arts and crafts in lots of different media. There’s also live music for entertainment, and activities for kids, like a costume parade, face painting, and Chinese paper folding.

 
Of course, the main attraction is the lobster. Lots of lobster and other seafood is served throughout the festival. In the food tent you can sample, in addition to lobster dinners, steamed clams, crab cakes, fried shrimp, and lots more. It’s probably the perfect place to taste lobster at its freshest. And for the amateur chefs, there’s a lobster cooking contest.

 

Kid’s Lobster Eating Contest

If you can’t make it to the festival, check out mainelobsterfestival.com to get a look at all the festivities that will be happening this year. Maybe you’ll be inspired to try a new lobster recipe at home.

 

 

Fourth of July Fireworks

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

When you think of Fourth of July celebrations, no matter how you celebrate, one thing usually springs to everyone’s mind: Fireworks. Did you ever wonder when that tradition started?

 

 

Fireworks were used to celebrate our independence all the way back to the very first celebration in 1777. Displays were recorded in England as far back as the 15th century, and became a popular display at royal weddings and victories in battle. The earliest settlers brought them to the new world with them, and by the time of the American Revolution, they were used to celebrate holidays and important events. In a letter to his wife, John Adams wrote, “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”

 

 

He got his wish. One of the most spectacular and memorable fireworks displays was on July 4, 1986. That year marked the Statue of Liberty’s 100th anniversary. The fireworks lit up the sky and the statue in a display that would be hard to beat.

 

 

 

 

 

However you celebrate this year, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

 

 

 

Fourth of July on the Gulf Coast

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

 

 

Believe it or not, it’s already that time of year again…the Fourth of July is coming up next week, and if you haven’t made plans yet, we’re here to help.

 

 

If you’re heading to the beach this weekend, check out Gulf Shores’ “A Family Day in America Stars and Stripes Celebration” on Saturday. The event will be held at the Sims Park Pavilion at the Bodenhamer Recreation Center. It will feature a parade around the park, an inflatable obstacle course, music, games and more. Of course, don’t forget your sunscreen. Like most other days in July on the Gulf Coast, it should be a hot one.

 

 

 

What’s better than cold watermelon on the Fourth of July? The city of Grand Bay will be hosting its Watermelon Festival from 8 to 4 on July 4. Some of the activities include face painting, a petting zoo, and a water slide for the kids. Grown ups might be more interested in the Arts & Crafts booths, Car Show, and food vendors. And of course, there is a watermelon seed spitting contest. Start practicing now! For more information, visit grandbaywatermelonfestival.com

 
Of course, if you don’t want to fight the traffic, the most traditional way to spend Independence day is with a backyard barbecue. Burgers, hotdogs, sausages, ribs–whatever you choose to throw on the grill, make sure there’s plenty of it. Don’t forget the potato salad and cole slaw. This is also scientifically proven (not really) to be the best days of the year for making homemade ice cream. Whether you use an old fashioned crank machine, or a new automatic one, serve a scoop on top of a slice of apple pie, and you’ve done your duty as an American.

 

 

 

After the last hot dog has been eaten and the potato salad has been divided amongst everyone to take home, it’s time to find a spot to watch the fireworks. The show WILL go on in Mobile, with fireworks being launched from a barge anchored in Mobile Bay. A favorite spot to watch from is always Battleship Park, but you should have a nice view from anywhere downtown or close to the bay. Stopping on the Bayway or Causeway is illegal, as are fireworks within city limits. You don’t want to end Independence Day with an appearance of red, white, and blue lights.

 


On the Eastern Shore, the city of Fairhope will host its annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks display at the Fairhope Municipal Pier on July 4. The concert will feature the Baldwin Pops Band and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Henry George Park. A variety of patriotic music will be played before and during the fireworks display, which will begin about 9 p.m. WABF 1220 AM will broadcast the Baldwin Pops concert live. For more information, call 251-929-1466.

 

 

However you choose to spend your Independence Day, make sure you stay safe and cool, and have a very happy Fourth of July!