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.
There are lots of exciting festivities that culminate in three parades in late February – the 2020 Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade at 7:30 pm on Friday, February 21st, the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade at 2 pm on Saturday the 22nd and the Krewe of Wrecks Parade on Pensacola Beach at 1 pm Sunday, February 23rd. 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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