Just who was Joe Cain? | TheUnion.com

Just who was Joe Cain?

Joe Cain was Joseph Stillwell Cain, a Civil War veteran credited with the revival of Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala., in 1866.

He and six other veterans paraded through town to taunt Union troops who had occupied the city.

Cain dressed as Chief Slacabamorinico, a Chickasaw Indian who was never defeated in battle. Cain’s walk through town was the catalyst to resume Mardi Gras celebrations, which were first held 163 years earlier in Mobile.

The Nevada City procession, the only official Joe Cain procession besides the one in Mobile, was sanctioned in 1999 by the Joe Cain Society of Mobile, said Curt Colagross, treasurer of the Joe Cain Society of California.

Finish a bottle – then look for Joe

For the first time, Joe Cain weekend will have its own wine commemorating the event.

“For our 10th anniversary, Nevada City Winery has put together a zinfandel and chardonnay for us,” Joe Cain Society of California treasurer Curt Colagross said.

The wine label includes a picture of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz to go with this year’s theme, “Joe Cain meets the Wizard of Oz.”

Colagross expects the wine will be offered annually around this time of the year.

“What we did within the wine label is hide a picture of Joe Cain,” he said with a laugh. “You’ll have to find him each year as he moves on the label.”

The special wine can be purchased at Saturday’s masquerade ball, Nevada City Winery, Friar Tuck’s Restaurant and Longs Drug store.

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