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Gallery Night 2014

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by brent

Gallery Night happens 12 times this year:

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.

2014 Gallery Night Schedule
January 17th
February 21st
March 14th
April 4th
May 16th
June 20th
July 18th
August 15th
September 19th
October 17th
November 21st
December 19th


 Like Gallery Night on Facebook!

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






Cat Country’s Best Christmas Light Displays

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Candy

We put it to you on Facebook (and you can add to it at ) to find the best Christmas Light Displays in Cat Country. It doesn’t have to be a business – you let us know where and we’ll post it here:


This is a business in Milton it looks like – and very loved: Its called Sowell Road North Pole Christmas Display located at 7650 Sowell Road Milton FL  (pictured above) This is their FB page:

There is a beautiful home in East Hill at 17th and Gadsen I believe. This person goes all out!

Im not sure of the exact address, but under the tree canopy on 12th Avenue (off of 12th before it turns in to Fairfield) – the closest cross strret is Barcia – always has an amazing displays of inflatables.

Bellingrath Gardens is in Mobile and is amazing. See the website for details:

Hank Aaron Stadium has the Christmas Nights of Lights  Here is the website for more info:

Wind Creek Casino in Atmore has an amazing winter wonderland display every year too:

Zoo Lights is phenomenal and you’ll find it at – where else? The Gulf Breeze Zoo!

The 2015 Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by brent

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 and request information on participation.

Pelican Drop 2015

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by brent

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What is the Pelican Drop?

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 5 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 (no alcohol sales). Live performances on three 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.
    Your feet will get stomped on. People will block your view. Someone is bound to bump into you. Keep your cool and you (& those around you) will enjoy the New Year’s Eve Pelican Drop.
    The weather in Pensacola on New Year’s Eve can vary widely. If it’s going to rain or be bitterly cold, you might want to consider dressing for the weather, with extra layers to add as it gets later and colder. Remember for the Ball Drop in New York City the average temperature is 28 low and 42 high compared to Pensacola’s temperature of 45 low to 63 high.

Event Sponsors:

Downtown Improvement Board Sunbelt Rentals WEAR Pensacola News Journal Jackson's SteakhouseThe Fish House The Deck Bar at Fish House Atlas Oyster House Buffalo RockBuggy Worx Eager Beaver Tree Service Noah's Ark Self Storage Pensacola Parade People
Cat Country 98.7 AM1620

Communities Caring at Christmas is in need

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by brent

From Sue Straughn…

In 1979, WEAR-TV began the Communities Caring at Christmas program.  It was the station’s effort to share the true meaning of the holiday with those who are less fortunate.  The program has evolved over the years to address the changing needs in our communities.  Currently, Communities Caring provides new toys, clothing and daily living needs for abused, neglected or abandoned children living in foster care, children living in poverty and adults with developmental disabilities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Communities Caring At Christmas is solely a volunteer effort.  Leading the way are our corporate sponsor, Sandy Sansing Dealerships and the employees of Gulf Power Company.  Hundreds of willing hands and open hearts provide the donations and manpower to make this program what it is.  In 2013, through the generosity of compassionate individuals, organizations, churches and schools, we were able to share the joy of Christmas with almost 7,000 of our neighbors.

This year looks to be especially challenging as we try to meet the needs of a growing number of children coming into foster care and families in financial crisis.  We’re asking you to please help us continue the tradition of caring through your donation of cash, new toys or clothing.  Your gifts can me brought or mailed to:


Communities Caring At Christmas


4990 Mobile Highway

Pensacola, FL   32506

Thank you for your consideration and for sharing in the true meaning and spirit of the season.

Sue Straughn

WEAR-TV News Anchor/Senior Editor

Communities Caring At Christmas, Founder/Organizer


Mall Ball – January 24, 2015

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by brent

Celebrate Mardi Gras in style each year at the Mall Ball at Cordova Mall! Put on your best Mardi Gras gown, get decked out in your tux or best suit and come down to the first and the best Mardi Gras party in town.

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.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Cordova Mall Ball, set for Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015! Join us as we celebrate 20 years of caring for the children of our community.

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 19 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.

Brad Paisley – January 23 – Pensacola Bay Center

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by brent

WHAT :: Brad Paisley
with special guests Parmalee and The Swon Brothers

WHERE :: Pensacola Bay Center

WHEN :: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:00pm

ONSALE :: Friday, November 21st, at 10am

PRICES :: $59.00, $49.00, $29.00

TICKETS ::, Rodizio Grill Box Office,, & 800-745-3000




presented by KRAFT Cheese


Last Leg of Tour Launches January 17 in Morgantown, WV

Special Guests include Parmalee and The Swon Brothers

                                                                                                                Brad Paisley – Photo By: Jim Shea

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2014) Country music superstar Brad Paisley has announced the extension of his Country Nation World Tour presented by KRAFT Cheese through March 2015.  The last leg of the tour will kick off on January 17 in Morgantown, WV – Paisley’s home state.  Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 21 at 10AM. Special guests on the tour will be Stoney Creek Records family band Parmalee and Arista Nashville recording duo The Swon Brothers.


Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Paisley earned the first of his 22 #1 singles in 1999, writing or co-writing 19 of them. His latest single, “Perfect Storm,” is from his chart topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. He is currently headlining his Country Nation World Tour presented by KRAFT Cheese through the fall. Paisley has recently partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Fans can look for him to return with Carrie Underwood for the seventh consecutive year as hosts of Country Music’s Biggest Night™, when The 48th Annual CMA Awards airs live from Nashville, November 5, on ABC. Connect with Brad through; Twitter @BradPaisley; Instagram@BradPaisley and YouTube



About Parmalee

Stoney Creek Records’ Parmalee is a family band comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and life-long best friend Josh McSwain (guitar). Last year, Parmalee dominated the country radio charts with the multi-week #1, GOLD-selling single “Carolina” which made history in 2013 as the longest #1 trek by a vocal duo or group in the Billboard Country Airplay chart’s 24-year history. “Carolina” was also voted #1 by fans on SiriusXM The Highway’s “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown. Parmalee’s Top 40 debut country radio single, “Musta Had A Good Time” was voted #1 by fans for four consecutive weeks onSiriusXM The Highway¹s “Hot 30 LIVE” and its video reached #1 on CMT’s PURE 12-Pack Countdown. The song has appeared on nationally broadcast sporting events from the NFL to the PGA and the MLB. Parmalee’s latest hit, “Close Your Eyes,” is now cresting TOP 10 at country radio. All three hits appear on Parmalee’s debut album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA. This year, Parmalee earned a Teen Choice Award nomination for “Choice Country Group” and was a semi-finalist nominee ACM “New Artist of the Year.” The band is currently nominated for a 2015 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Country Group.”

For more information visit


About The Swon Brothers

Arista Nashville recording duo The Swon Brothers (Zach and Colton) are poised to release their new single, “Pray for You,” the follow-up to their Top 15 debut single, “Later On.”  Performing professionally since childhood – and honored with the Rising Star award by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame – the Muskogee, OK, natives first hit the national radar charming fans with their incredible sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities as finalists on “Team Blake” in Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice.  The duo’s self-titled major-label debut album released on October 14, 2014, produced by the Swons and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans), and featuring the singles “Later On” and “Pray for You.”  The Swon Brothers are nominated for “Vocal Duo of the Year” for The 48th Annual CMA Awards, airing November 5, on ABC Television.  Find them online at, Twitter @TheSwonBrothers, and on Facebook at


Florida Georgia Line – At The Wharf – March 21, 2015

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by brent






Win your tickets…. Listen each weekday from 7am-7pm for the FGL song Sun Daze.  When you hear it be the 9th Caller at 430-1987 and score a pair of tickets from the Cat.

Rules: Click Here





RESERVED SEATS: $63.00 & $33.00




OR CHARGE BY PHONE 800.745.3000.