Mardi Gras has been a fun tradition in Pensacola since 1874. Revelers beg for beads and other “throws” here as the custom floats parade along the main streets of downtown Pensacola. French for “Fat Tuesday”, Mardi Gras is the last day of the Carnival festival season preceding Lent. Our annual Pensacola celebration is one of the oldest in the United States and typically starts a few weeks in advance, culminating in several parades before the celebration ends on Fat Tuesday.
The WindCreek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration got the season started with a street party on January 6th. You’re invited to meet local Pensacola Krewes at the Krewe of Blues Pin & Bead Festival on January 15th, where you can buy unique Mardi Gras and Krewe pins and beads and watch friendly competitions between the Krewes. The Krewe of Nereids will be hosting their annual Moonpie Party at the Sandshaker on the 20th where moonpies will fly!
All of these exciting festivities will culminate in three parades at the end of February – the 2017 Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade at 7:3 pm on Friday, February 24th, the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade at 2 pm n Saturday the 25th and the Krewe of Wrecks Parade on Pensacola Beach at 2 pm Sunday, February 26th. The Pensacola Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Priscus Celebration will be held at Seville Quarter at noon on Tuesday the 28th. From a multitude of masquerade balls to a champagne pajama party, you’ll find a ton of fun Mardi Gras activities in Pensacola so be sure to check out the full Pensacola Mardi Gras events list here:
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