Comic Cowboys stay tacky, but keep it fun for Mardi Gras 2018

Comic Cowboys stay tacky, but keep it fun for Mardi Gras 2018
Comic Cowboys stay tacky, but keep it fun for Mardi Gras 2018
nIt wouldn’t quite be fair to say the Comic Cowboys completely cleaned up their act for Mardi Gras 2018, and something would have been lost if they had. But after a 2017 parade that caused an uproar, the satirical krewe put the fun back into its Fat Tuesday broadsides, along with an extra dose of self-deprecating cleverness.

Unique among Mobile’s parading societies, the Cowboys don’t bother with fancy floats and fantastic themes. They parade in basic wagons adorned with cartoons and mottos poking fun at the absurdities of politics, world events and other topics.

A few of last year’s banners prompted complaints that the group hadn’t lived up to its motto of “without malice” on racial sensitivities. The Mobile City Council heard complaints, but shied firmly away from getting into a First Amendment fight.

It remained a topic of widespread speculation whether the Cowboys would show a different side or double down. And at a membership party that usually provides a sneak preview, the floats were covered by protective tarps.

But let no one believe, not for a second, that the men from Wragg Swamp have gone squeaky clean, or that their tastes have become in any way tasteful. “R.I.P. Hugh Hefner,” read one placard. “He’s finally STIFF AGAIN!”

A police report of a man charged with molesting a horse generated a couple of appropriately appalling gags, including one reading “Apparently Roy Moore isn’t the only one riding ponies in Alabama,” with the subtext “Neigh means neigh.”

And, speaking of Moore: “It doesn’t say you can’t covet your neighbor’s daughter.”

Politicians received a lot of love, as usual. Of the Mobile City Council’s inability to pick a president, the Cowboys said, “Finally they all agree on something: NONE ARE FIT TO LEAD!”

One of several jokes highlighting violent crime warned Mayor Sandy “One Mobile” Stimpson that “If the MURDER RATE keeps going up we’ll be down to ONE MOBILIAN.”

The Cowboys advised that President Donald Trump “is not a stupid, vain, petty bigot … HE JUST PLAYS ONE ON TV!” And they congratulated newly elected Sen. Doug Jones “for his final 2 years as an Alabama Senator.”

Having given just about anyone in the crowd something to laugh at (or to wince at), Mobile’s infamous satirists can open their notebooks and start jotting down the ideas that 2018 offers.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Mardi Gras 2018 marked the Comic Cowboys 134th anniversary. 

The group is well known for their creative and controversial signs they post on their floats. Last year the Cowboys seemed to stir up more controversy than they typically do. 

In 2017, the Comic Cowboys made headlines with their signs poking fun at the Black Lives Matter movement, the city of Prichard, and one comparing Mobile County School Superintendent Martha Peek to Hitler.

on Comic Cowboys here: Citizens group to City Council: Comic Cowboys embarrassment to city

Here is gallery of the Comic Cowboy signs that rolled in this years parade.  What do you think of them?

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