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Pensacola Pelican Drop 2015

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by brent

The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is proud to offer Gulf Coast residents an exciting and unique celebration to ring in the new year. Ring in the new year in Downtown Pensacola with The Pensacola Pelican Drop™, a free event unique to the Gulf Coast. Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and continue until 12:30 a.m. Throughout the evening the giant Pelican (14 feet tall, with a 20-foot wingspan) is perched above the celebration on a 100-foot platform at the intersection of Palafox and Government Streets. Although Palafox and Government Street will be closed to traffic, area restaurants will be open and additional vendors will be providing refreshments. Live performances on two outdoor stages provide ongoing entertainment throughout the evening. The popular kids’ area will be expanded this year and will feature the special kids’ countdown at 8 p.m. with confetti and the “bubble stomp.” At the stroke of midnight, the whole city celebrates as the Pelican descends amidst fireworks and more confetti. The event is expected to be a huge hit with over 50,000 revelers in attendance.


Palafox Place will close down for a massive party. Street closures begin on the morning of December 31st and continue until 1 am.

There is plenty of handicap and regular parking in the Jefferson garage as well as the local parking lots downtown.

Folks begin arriving as early as 5pm on December 31 for the family friendly events. Some of the prime viewing spots will be filled by mid-evening.

There are public portable restrooms through out the event location.

The local bars and restaurants will be open to buy food and drinks as well as food vendors on the streets. No coolers please.

Approximately twenty-five thousand people will end up on Palafox Place the night of New Year’s Eve.

Only service animals allowed.

Runway 5K – Dec. 5

Posted on: November 18th, 2015 by brent

Pensacola International Airport Runway Run 5k


 About this Event

This 3rd Annual 5k will take place on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Pensacola International Airport! Join us for a new look at the airport & to run down the runway. All registered participants receive an event t-shirt & BIB with timing. Proceeds benefit the USO.


***If your child (12 & under) wants to be timed/have a bib, then you must register them for $10. Otherwise you do not have to

Walkers and baby joggers welcome! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to RUN ON THE RUNWAY.

For more info about the USO, visit 


***If your child (12 & under) wants to be timed/have a bib, then you must register them for $10. Otherwise, they do not need to be registered.

Early registration – June 1st through Oct 31st – $20

Regular registration- Nov 1st – Dec 3rd – $25

Late & Race Day registration- $35

Packet Pickup

NOTE: NO proxy pick-up allowed!! You MUST present government issued photo ID & pick up your own packet!

Packets can be picked up on Friday, December 4th @ Running Wild, Time: 3p -6p


Saturday, December 5th @ Pensacola International Airport from 8:00a – 9:30a

Parking Info

All parking for the event will be in the normal airport parking lots; parking fees will be comped when you exit.

Parking Map

Other Info:

– Jogging strollers ARE allowed

– Pets are NOT allowed

Sponsorship Opportunities

USO PNS Runway Run 5K Sponsor Package 2015

2014 Results:



Christmas Parades in Cat Country

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by Candy


Milton Christmas Parade “A Country Christmas”
When : Saturday, December 5th @ 6:00pm
Where : Milton

Navarre Community Christmas Parade
When : Saturday, December 5 @ 2:00pm
Where : Navarre

Star Spangled Holidays Parade
When : Saturday, December 5 @ 10:00am
Where : Gulf Breeze

Pensacola Beach Lighted Boat Parade
When : Saturday, December 5 @ 6:00pm
Where : Pensacola Beach

Surfing Santa Beach Parade
When : Sunday, December 6 @ 2:00pm
Where : Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Christmas Parade
When : Saturday, December 12 @ 5:15pm
Where : Downtown

Santa Drop
When : Saturday, December 12 @ 12p – 3pm
Where : Florabama

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by brent

48th Annual Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida, shaping up to be one of the largest in history

Visit Pensacola and Five Flags Speedway welcome big names in NASCAR and more than 10,000 racing fans to the Snowball Derby Super Late Model race in December

Pensacola, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2015) –They come from small towns, big cities and different countries with the dream of winning the nation’s most prestigious short track race and celebrating victory by kissing the coveted Tom Dawson trophy.  Dozens of drivers are preparing for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby, but only 36 will make the cut and compete in the 300-lap race.  The drivers’ speed and skill along with their stories of slim victories, agonizing defeats and glorious come backs make the Derby more exciting and memorable each year.


This year’s Snowball Derby will take place Sunday, Dec. 6, at Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway.  The final major short track event of the year continues to grow with entries and ticket sales already surpassing last year’s tremendous turn out, said Tim Bryant, general manager of Five Flags Speedway.


Super Late Model winners and champions from all across North America have already entered and are gearing up to compete.  One of the most high profile drivers will be Chase Elliott, a previous Snowball Derby winner, who is set to take over NASCAR great Jeff Gordon’s ride in 2016. 2014 Snowball Derby winner John Hunter Nemecheck, son of famous NASCAR driver Joe Nemecheck, also returns to try for a back-to-back win.  Sterling Marlin, a former NASCAR driver and a two-time winner of the Daytona 500 has entered the race.  In addition, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Daniel Hemric and Jeremy Doss, one of the top Super Late Model racers on the West Coast, will join the roster of talented drivers, competing for the Snowball Derby trophy.


While the Snowball Derby is the big attraction, it is just part of the racing action fans can experience at Five Flags during Snowball Derby week.  The event kicks off Wednesday, Dec. 2, when close to 250 teams, representing seven divisions of racing, will touchdown in Pensacola to show off their skills and speed in different competitions throughout the week.  A free Green Flag Party on Dec. 2 includes food, beverages, music and an autograph signing session.


On Thursday, Dec. 3, Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 hopefuls practice.  Friday, Dec. 4, brings another day of specialized racing and the anticipated qualifying for the Snowball Derby.  Saturday, Dec. 5, race fans can witness Snowball Derby practice, final Derby qualifying, and the Allen Turner Snowflake 100-lap race for the top Pro Late Model racers in the country at 7 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 6, drivers participate in warm-ups and the 48th Annual Snowball Derby begins at 2 p.m.


Bryant says the speedway expects to host close to 30,000 fans over the course of the week and more than 10,000 for the Snowball Derby on Sunday.  The event will continue to have a far greater reach this year as Speed 51 TV, a nationally-acclaimed Charlotte, North Carolina based website, will be hosting a live pay-per-view broadcast of the race online via


Tickets are still available for the greatest short track-racing event of the year, and ticket packet information and purchasing is available via


For more information on accommodations or lodging for the Snowball Derby, call Visit Pensacola at (800) 874-1234 or visit

2016 Cordova Mall Ball

Posted on: November 5th, 2015 by Candy


Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Let the Good Times Roll at the 2016 Cordova Mall Ball!

Mall Ball 2016

This annual party is held by the Krewe of Les Petits Enfants (the Order of the Small Children) to benefit the sick and injured children and infants at The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola.

Cordova Mall transforms into a glittering party hall featuring six live bands, tasty treats from area restaurants, a New Orleans-inspired French Market and a fantastic silent auction. With the support of our community, during the past 20 years, this event has generated more than $3.4 million in proceeds on behalf of sick and injured children in our community.


Guests must be 21 or older to attend. IDs will be checked at the door. Bars close at 11:30 p.m. (No denim apparel, please.)

Due to its high popularity, only 2,500 tickets are available.

Tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, call Sacred Heart Foundation, (850) 416-7415.

Gallery Night 2015

Posted on: November 1st, 2015 by brent

Stroll through the charming brick walkways of Downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of music, art and cuisine. Explore galleries and businesses featuring the works of dozens of local artists. Soak up the sounds of local musicians and the aromas of local cuisine as the energy of the evening carries you from venue to venue. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments.

2015 Gallery Night Schedule 
January 16th
February 20st
March 20th
April 17th
May 22th
June 19th
July 17th
August 21st
September 18th
October 16th
November 20st
December 18th


 Like Gallery Night on Facebook!

Special thanks to our 5pm-9pm street closure sponsors, Stella Artois!






Pensacola Children’s Chorus 2015

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 by brent

The mission of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus is to provide quality music education and performances to include both classical choral training and musical theater to enrich the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Through its music activities, the Pensacola Children’s Chorus helps to foster the personal and social growth of its members and promotes their sense of self-esteem, accomplishment, and pride.


A Message From The Potes:


With much gratitude for the 26 years we have been Artistic Directors of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus, we are announcing our retirement at the end of the 2015-2016 season. As a national search begins for a new Director (Directors), we will give our full support to ensure that this organization will continue to thrive and even move to a new level. To the hundreds of Chorus members and alumni, to those who have served on our Board of Directors, to our wonderful parents and volunteers, and to the entire community of Pensacola, we extend our most sincere thanks. It has been a great ride!

Allen and Susan Pote


Winner, Best After School Activity

Runner Up, Best Annual Event: Christmas on the Coast


“This is an incredible operation…a choral program that nurtures
the mind, the soul, and the voice.”
Dr. Anton Armstrong, Conductor, St. Olaf College Choir

Since 1990 The Pensacola Children’s Chorus has been at the forefront of performing in the U.S. and throughout the world. We nurture the artistic creativity of our choirs and provide them with lifetime experiences and lifelong friendships. We have produced Broadway leads, movie and television actors and actresses, recording artists and opera stars.