Cain's Merry Widows

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Cain's Merry Widows paying a visit to Joe Cain's house on Augusta Street in 2007

The Mardi Gras mystic society of Cain’s Merry Widows (a women’s mystic society) was founded in 1974 in Mobile, Alabama, home of the first Mardi Gras in America (1703). [1] Each Mardi Gras, on Joe Cain Day (the Sunday before Fat Tuesday), members of this society dress in black mourning clothes with veils, lay a wreath at Cain’s burial site at Church Street Graveyard, wail over their "departed husband's" grave, then travel to Joe Cain’s former house on Augusta Street to offer a toast and eulogy to their "Beloved Joe".[2]

The Huntsville-based band, The Pine Hill Haints, perform a song titled "The Merry Widows of Joe Cain" which, in its lyrics, pays homage to Joe Cain, Mardi Gras tradition, and the city of Mobile itself. The band also makes it a yearly tradition to perform in Mobile each Joe Cain Day.

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  1. ^ "History timeline of Mardi Gras" (events), Museum of Mobile, 2007, webpage: MoM.
  2. ^ "Cain's Merry Widows". Cain's Merry Widows (Official website). Retrieved 2009-12-29. 

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