If you can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, don’t worry. You don’t necessarily have to venture to the French Quarter to get some beads and moon pies. Local Krewes throw a pretty good party, too. Whether you’re looking to catch a parade, enjoy creole cuisine or just enter a race, there’s plenty of ways to laissez les bons temps rouler!
2.7 Pirates 4 Prostates Charity Golf Tournament
The Krewe of Lafitte will host a charity golf tournament at Scenic Hills Country Club, located at 8891 Burning Tree Road, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $75 per person or $300 per team and begins at 8 a.m. The event will feature on-course prizes, games and food and beverages during play. Proceeds will benefit Pints for Prostates and Us Too Prostate Cancer Education and Support. Contact Ted Griffin at 723-7534 for more information.
2.8 Milton Mardi Gras Parade
The annual Milton Mardi Gras Parade begins at Milton High School, located at 5445 Stewart St. at 6 p.m.
2.8 Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade
Don’t miss the beautiful, illuminated nighttime spectacle. The parade of pirates, marching bands, local celebrities, dance groups and many local krewes, begins at 8 p.m. and will travel down the historic streets of downtown Pensacola. For more information, visit kreweoflafitte.net.
2.9 Mardi Gras Farmer’s Market
Due to the Mardi Gras Grand Parade, there will be no Palafox Market on Saturday, February 9. However, if you head over to 401 N. Reus St., you can check out the Mardi Gras Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is brought to you by Truth for Youth. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.9 2013 Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade
The Mardi Gras main-event will begin at 2 p.m., rain or shine. The parade will start at the corner of Spring and Garden and will wind down to Palafox and Wright then back to the end at Palafox and Main. Stuck inside? Tune into Blab TV for the live parade broadcast or watch online at blabtv.com/on-demand. For more information, visit pensacolamardigras.com.
2.9 Mardi Gras Festival at Perdido Key
Visit Hub Stacey’s at the Point in Perdido Key, located at 5851 Galvez Road, for the boat parade and a whole day of Mardi Gras events including a Cajun cook-off, live music and fireworks at 8 p.m. The parade is a family-oriented event and will last from 12 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit myperdidokey.com.
2.9 Third Annual Pardi Gras
The Third Annual Pardi Gras will be held at the American Legion Post 33, 1401 West Intendencia St. The event will feature live music, D.J.s, art, dancers, vendors and a cash bar. The party starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit 3rdannualpardigras.eventbrite.com.
2.9 Krewe of Wrecks Street Dance
Catch the Krewe of Wrecks Street Dance at the Sandbar, located at 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd. For more information, visit kreweofwrecks.com.
2.10 Mardi Gras Mayhem
Starting at 9 a.m., join Krewe du Go at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via De Luna, for a pre-party for the Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade benefitting Manna Food Pantries. Bring three non-perishable food items and receive one drink free. Krewes are challenged to fill parking spaces in the Hilton garage with non-perishable foods. There will be plenty of food, with $9 crawfish flats, $5 red beans and rice, $5 burgers, $3 hot dogs and of course drinks—$4 well drinks and $3 craft beer. Enjoy music courtesy of Ramsey Coates of AnyDayDJ. Head back to the Hilton for the parade after-party too. For more information, call 435-8699 or visit gopensacola.com.
2.10 Pre-Parade Parties on the Beach
If you don’t want to wait until 2 p.m. to begin your partying head to The Break Beach Bar, 65 Via de Luna, and The Islander Lounge, 43 Via de Luna, for some pre-gaming beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, visit, facebook.com/BreakBeachBar or sandshaker.com.
2.10 Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler with Chef Leon Galatoire of Galatorie’s
Chef Leon Galatoire, a fourth-generation member of the founding family of New Orleans’ historic restaurant, Galatorie’s will be bringing NOLA-style cuisine to at Jackson’s. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. and dinner begins at 5 p.m., both events will feature a meet and greet with the chef and a complimentary glass of champagne, New Orleans-style jazz music by the Palafox Trio—not to mention delicious food. Brunch is $45 per person and dinner is $75. Reservations are required. To reserve your table, call 469-9898. For more information, visit jacksons.goodgrits.com.
2.10 Krewe of Wrecks Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Parade
Need more beads? Head to Pensacola Beach for the afternoon parade, beginning at 2 p.m. on Via de Luna. For more information, visit kreweofwrecks.com.
2.11 Red Beans and Rice Lunch
Enjoy a krewe-worthy meal of red beans and rice on Casino Beach at 11 a.m. For more information, visit kreweofwrecks.com.
2.12 Fat Tuesday at Great Southern Restaurant Group
In addition to the Fish House, Atlas and Jackson’s regular menus, all restaurants will be offering New Orleans inspired dishes. At the Fish House, enjoy a dish of Cajun etouffee topped with crawfish. At Atlas, The Mardi Gras Roll, an oshi-style sushi with green and purple rice, smoked salmon, two different kinds of tobiko, and topped with a cucumber Mardi Gras crown will be available is part of the Tuesday half-off promotion. Lastly, at Jackson’s Chef Irv Miller has created an additional New Orleans-inspired Mardi Gras three-course fixed-price menu for $35 for the evening. To start, a tasso-spiced crab cake and rémoulade. The entrée feature is Creole jambalaya with slow-cooked chicken and gumbo greens and to finish, Calas (rice beignets) with praline sauce and vanilla ice cream. To reserve your table, please call the restaurant 469-9898. For more information on all restaurants, visit goodgrits.com.
2.12 Shoebox Float Contest
Watch area krewes compete in the shoebox float contest at the Sandshaker, located at 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd.
2.12 2013 Fat Tuesday Priscus Street Party Celebration
Starting at 7 p.m., South Palafox to Government Street and from Government Street to Tarragona Street, will be closed off for Fat Tuesday festivities. Watch the new King and Queen Priscus receive their crowns. The party continues until 12 a.m.
2.16 Special Olympics 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Fun Run and Walk
The Special Olympics of Escambia and Santa Rosa County will be holding their 2nd annual Mardi Gras Fun Run and Walk will begin at 12 p.m. at Osceola Golf Course, located at 300 Tonawanda Drive. Immediately following will be a Finish Line Party. You can register individually or as a team—great for krewes. All proceeds benefit local Special Olympic athletes. For more information, call Jessica Barrale, county coordinator to Special Olympics Escambia/Santa Rosa at 291-6234 or email@example.com.
*Mardi Gras continues to grow each year. If you don’t see your krewe’s events feel free to send your press releases and event info to firstname.lastname@example.org for next year’s calendar.
Dolce! Celebrates Mardi Gras
Make your way to Dolce, where you can try Hurricane Sorbet or King Cake Gelato –hey, it’s Mardi Gras, try both! Owner Marie Mayeur, a transplant from New Orleans, couldn’t forget Louisiana’s biggest holiday.
WHERE: 221 E. Zaragoza St.
HOURS: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday
DETAILS: 469-9600 or facebook.com/DolcePensacola