This is a City Wide event, and the public is invited to attend the FREE EVENT.
Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc., “PMGI” is planning and preparing for Pensacola’s 2015 city-wide Mardi Gras season. To kick off the 2015 Mardi Gras season of celebration, the annual 2015 Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration will be on Friday, January 9, 2015 @ 5:00pm on Historic Palafox and Government Streets in Downtown Pensacola. Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Atmore underwrites the entire event for Pensacola, allowing Krewes to participate and helping keep the event free to attend and participate.
Pensacola’s best parading Mardi Gras Krewe’s will have their Krewe float and their entire Krewe membership on Palafox and Government Streets, where each Krewe will be ceremoniously blessed and proclaimed ready to participate in the 2015 Mardi Gras Season. Each Krewe will be in costume and will have it’s royalty present. The processional for the blessing of the Mardi Gras fleet will include: Pensacola’s own Town Crier, T. Bubba Bechtol; a special Pontiff to ceremoniously bless each individual float and Krewe; the Panhandle Knights of Columbus in their Royal Regalia; representatives of local law enforcement along with the City of Pensacola and Escambia County; and Pensacola’s Jazz Brass Procession Band who will lead Pensacola’s best Second Line Procession with royalty from each Krewe. The Second Line Procession ends at the official Town King Cake provided by OH SNAP, where the official town blessing and Mardi Gras sendoff will occur. All of Pensacola is encouraged to dance the night away with a second line jazz band street performance while enjoying FREE King Cake.
The party starts at 5:00 pm and continues until after midnight. Local Krewes have been gearing up all year in preparation to unveil this year’s theme and new designs; not to mention the Krewe members elaborate costumes! This is a chance for all Krewe’s and all of Pensacola to join together and ring in the 2015 Mardi Gras season.
Danny Zimmern, President of Pensacola Mardi Gras proclaims, “This is a great event kicking off the Mardi Gras season for all of Pensacola. The best Krewes will all be there, including Krewes this year from Mobile and Ft. Walton / Destin. Mardi Gras and Downtown Pensacola will be on display for this event unique to Pensacola, but known all along the Gulf Coast.”
Krewe’s that are scheduled to participate in the January 9th Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kickoff event include: African Kings, Aphrodite, Bayou Bengals, Blues, Daisy Dukes, Hip Huggers, Karrus Navalis, Left Feet, Lafitte, Mayokis, Mystic Mafia, Seville, St. Patrick, De Ya Ya’s.
This event is a wonderful yearly tradition to kick off Mardi Gras Pensacola in style. If your Krewe has not yet been invited, you are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org and request information on participation.