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Mardi Gras 2014 Pensacola

There are actually five seasons on the Gulf Coast, Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall — and the Mardi Gras season. We Laissez les bons temps rouler, let the good times roll, with grand style for months.

Mardi Gras is known as a season of beads, parades, Mardi Gras balls, moon pies and king cakes, but there is, like so many other holidays, a religious basis for the holiday. Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) festivities, begin on or after Epiphany or Kings day and culminates the day before Ash Wednesday. The reason it is called Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is because you feast or get fat on rich foods before you give them up for Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.

KREWES

There are Krewes in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties with themes like; Krewe of Left Feet, Krewe of Bad Habits, Krewe of Wrecks, Krewe of Jesters, Krewe of Nerieds and so many more. Here is the list of Pensacola Krewes: www.pensacolamardigras.com/krewes-of-mardi-gras and Pensacola Beach Krewes: www.pensacolabeachmardigras.com

DÉCOR

Purple, green and gold are the colors of Mardi Gras. Craft stores and grocery stores are loaded with beads and craft items related to Mardi Gras. Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are two that stock large quantities of Mardi Gras items. The Pensacola Parade People, www.paradepeople.com are another source for Mardi Gras trinkets. Need a float designer? www.kipdingler.com

APPS

Both Pensacola Mardi Gras, and Krewe of Blues have apps available for download for your phone.

PARADE CALENDAR

Krewe de Yak Parade
When : Saturday, FEB 8 – 2pm
Where : Defuniak Springs Navarre

Krewe of Jesters Parade
When : Saturday, FEB 22 – 1pm
Where : Navarre

Kids & Kritters Pensacola Beach Parade
When : Saturday, FEB 22 – 2pm
Where : Pensacola Beach

St. Andrews Mardi Gras Parade
When : Saturday, FEB 22 – 2 pm
Where : Panama City

Westgate School Parade
When : Tuesday, FEB 25 – 9:30AM
Where : Pensacola (Escambia Westgate School)

Milton Mardi Gras Parade
When : Thursday, FEB 27 – 6PM
Where : Milton

Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade
When : Friday, FEB 28 – 8PM
Where : Pensacola

March Pensacola Grand Parade
When : Saturday, March 1 – 2PM
Where : Pensacola

KoW Pensacola Beach Parade
When : Sunday, March 2 – 2PM
Where : Pensacola Beach

Krewe of Wrecks Red Beans & Rice
When : Monday, March 3 – 11AM
Where : Pensacola Beach

Fat Tuesday Celebration
When : Tuesday, March 4 – 8PM
Where : Downtown

Gulf Shores Parade
When : Tuesday, March 4 – 10AM
Where : Gulf Shores, AL

Orange Beach Parade
When : Tuesday, March 4 – 2PM
Where : Orange Beach, AL

Destin Mardi Gras Parade
When : Tuesday, March 4 – 5PM
Where : Village of Baytowne Wharf

NEXT EVENT

Krewe of Nereids Moon Pie Party

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd, Pensacola Beach. The event is free. Attendees are encouraged to wear Mardi Gras colors and the zaniest hat you can find. The hat can help deflect the Moon Pies that come sailing into the crowd at regular intervals. The band plays on and the dancing never ends. All are welcome, always a good time. Additional information Elaine Mitchell, Krewe co-chairman at 850-932-1080 or Sharon Mattair, Krewe co-chairman 850-292-6586.

Keep your eye out for more Mardi Gras events in our event calendar, and watch out for sailing beads and moon pies!

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