After the Alabama Tourism Department posted billboards in the New Orleans area claiming the original Mardi Gras, we had to check to see if it lived up to the hype.

The Big Easy and Mobile have always had something of a friendly rivalry about which city can claim to be home to the first Mardi Gras in the United States.

Now, a marketing campaign from Alabama tourism officials has rekindled that debate.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson sparred on Twitter. Landrieu posted image memes and used the hashtag “#RealMardiGras.”

The Twitter war of words culminated earlier this week when Stimpson granted the City of New Orleans “full authorization” to celebrate Mardi Gras.

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Eyewitness News’ morning reporter Duke Carter traveled to Mobile Thursday to get a sneak peek at the Mystic Stripers Society. See his impressions on Mobile's Mardi Gras below:

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