MARDI GRAS PARADES — it’s a wonderful event filled with beads and laughter with four days of Mardi Gras parties and parades for Emerald Coast area revelers. Elaborate floats and outlandish costumes will lead the Florida-style pageantry. It kicks off with the Krewe of Lafitte’s Illuminated Night Parade(Feb. 9), continues with Pensacola’s Grand Mardi Gras Parade (Feb. 10), the Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade (Feb. 11) and Destin Harbor’s 9th Annual Mardi Gras Parade at HarborWalk Village (Feb. 10).
When: Feb. 9-10, 13
Where: Pensacola and Destin
MARDI GRAS BARKUS PARADE — Instead of parade featuring pirates tossing beads, you’ll be entertained by our favorite four-legged friends decked out in eye patches, beads and more. Led by the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, the theme for the 8th annual extravaganza is BourBone Street Blues. All are invited to be a part of the festivities by outfitting you and your dog. And because it’s Florida, decked out bicycles and golf carts also welcome in the parade. As per tradition, the parade’s queen and king will feature two shelter dogs looking for their “furever” home. Includes live music, artisans and food.
When: Feb. 10
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