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 Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration gets the season started with a street party on January 5th. You’re invited to meet local Pensacola Krewes at the Krewe of Blues Pin & Bead Festival on January 20th, where you can buy unique Mardi Gras and Krewe pins and beads and watch friendly competitions between the Krewes. The WigWacker Party at the Sandshaker on the 19th is also a great way to kickoff the mardi gras season!
All of these exciting festivities will culminate in three parades in early March – the 2019 Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 1st, the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade at 2 pm on Saturday the 2nd and the Krewe of Wrecks Parade on Pensacola Beach at 1 pm Sunday, March 3rd. 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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