Let's have a ball: The big, fat Mardi Gras calendar
- February 15, 2019
- / Pensacola News Journal
- / phineas-phoggs
Mardi Gras season is upon us again, and with a short season ahead, there’s a lot of fun to be packed into a very short period!
The good times roll until Fat Tuesday, March 5. Below, you’ll find info on every Mardi Gras event for which we’ve received information so far this year. If your krewe or organization’s information is missing, please email us at [email protected] We’ll keep adding to the calendar throughout the season. Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public.
Monday, Feb. 18
Super Jazz Gumbo celebrates Mardi Gras
6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Cajun and zydeco music is considered such an important part of early developing jazz that it is featured prominently in New Orleans. So, come have a fun evening of Cajun jazz featuring Fais Do-Do. Admission includes a cup of seafood gumbo. Hold onto your admission tickets for door prize drawings. Attendees can also purchase 50/50 tickets for a cash drawing. More info: 850-433-8382 or visit jazzpensacola.com.
Friday, Feb. 22
The Escambia Westgate Mardi Gras Parade
9:30 a.m. Feb. 22. Escambia Westgate School, 10050 Ashton Brosnaham Drive. The Escambia Westgate Mardi Gras Parade is for special needs students who are not able to attend the parades downtown due to the noise, crowds and any disabilities they may have. Email [email protected] or visit pensacolamardigras.com for details.
Saturday, Feb. 23
I Pink I Can Run
9 a.m. Feb. 23. Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive. The Krewe du Ya Yas are hosting the sixth annual I Pink I Can Run event in the spirit of their mission to inspire hope and enhance life for those affected by breast cancer through early detection, advocacy, education and support services. Funds raised for this event will be used to help further the mission. Registration: $30 through Feb. 19; $35 packet pick up and race day. More info: http://werunwild.com.
The 33rd annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade
1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23. Navarre Beach. The Navarre Krewe of Jesters are hosting their main event, the 33rd annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade. Come for the family friendly fun, floats and beads. More info: pensacolamardigras.com.
Krewe of Wrecks Kids and Kritters Parade
1 p.m., registration; 2 p.m., parade; Feb. 23. Casino Beach parking lot, Pensacola Beach. All are welcome to join the youngest Mardi Gras revelers as they parade in their best Mardi Gras get-ups. Leading the parade will be the Krewe of Kids royal court, followed by their members. The Krewe of Kids is comprised of elementary school children. Cost: $5 for “kritters”; free for kids. More info: pensacolabeachmardigras.com.
Krewe of Karnaval Noche de Carnaval
6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 23. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Can't make it to Rio for Carnival? No worries – Pensacola’s Krewe of Karnaval will host a Brazilian theme ball that will feature the essence of Carnival! The “Carnival” spirit represents a moment of freedom released through heart-pounding music, song and dance, highlighted by eye-popping costumes and fantastic Latin dancing. Guests are encouraged to come in their most ostentatious, flashy and flamboyant outfits. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. More info: sevillequarter.com.
Pirates of Lost Treasure Mardi Gras and Coronation Ball
6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 23. Hilton Pensacola Beach, 12 Via de Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach. Join the Pirates of Lost Treasure as they celebrate their outgoing royalty and crown their new 2019 king and queen. This year’s theme is, "Midnight at The Oasis, Arabian Nights." The event will feature a full dinner, cash bars, music, dancing and the court coronation. Cost: $60 for individuals; $100 for couples. More info: pensacolamardigras.com.
Krewe of Wrecks Grand Costume Ball
8 p.m. Feb. 23. Elks Lodge No. 497, 661 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Some masquerade in costumes and some in formal wear to herald Pensacola Beach's original krewe at their grand costume ball. The Krewe of Wrecks break all the rules for formal galas and set all the standards for fun. Rub elbows with beach royalty. The theme is “surf’s up.” $35. More info: pensacolabeachmardigras.com.
Sunday, Feb. 24
Krewe of Sparta Humanitarian Food Drive
1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Manna Food Pantries, 3030 North E St. Food will be sorted into three categories when weighing (double points, dry goods and canned goods). There will be double points for fruit juice (48 oz.), canned fruit, canned chicken & tuna, and oatmeal. Winners will be announced on Fat Tuesday. More info: pensacolamardigras.com.
Friday, March 1
Krewe of Lafitte’s Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade
7 p.m. March 1. Downtown Pensacola. The Mardi Gras parade will stage on Spring and Garden Street and the parade will be on Garden and Palafox Street. It will roll rain or shine. The Krewe of Lafitte is the largest men's krewe along the Florida Panhandle. More info: kreweoflafitte.com.
Saturday, March 2
The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade
2 p.m. March 2. Downtown Pensacola. The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade, which will take place on Palafox and Garden Street, is the largest gathering of people in downtown Pensacola during the entire year. It features most of the krewes from the area, local organizations and companies and everything from marching bands to scout groups. Many parade entrants come from out of town as well. The parade has over 6000 people who participate and often over 100,000 attendants. More info: pensacolamardigras.com.
Sunday, March 3
Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade
2 p.m. March 3. Via de Luna and Avenida 10 to the Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach. The Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade is the grand event of Mardi Gras on Pensacola Beach featuring 50 units, oversized floats with generous riders, marching units, and Wrecks royalty. More info: pensacolabeachmardigras.com.