Mardi Gras – Panama City Beach Style!
I’m from Louisiana. No great beaches here, but we do have our festivals… and Mardi Gras is one of the best!! What?!?! You’ve never experienced any part of Mardi Gras? It’s time you did!!
Mardi Gras has an in-determinant number of descriptions, some of which include the traditional colors of purple, green and gold, the myriad of events that surround the time between twelfth night and fat Tuesday, traditions, postures and parades. But still, it’s so misunderstood. It’s not a big drunk. It’s not a big parade. It’s not the beads. It’s not the doubloons. It’s not the king cakes. It’s not about girls flashing. It’s not about people of all walks of life dressing in costume. It’s about the love of life! It’s the convergence of food, music, creativity, eccentricity, neighborhoods and the joy of life celebrated all together at the same moment.
Mardi Gras celebrations are found all along the gulf coast, each with its own size and annual traditions. Panama City Beach is no different! With Mardi Gras in Panama City Beach, you get all the thrill of the love of life AND you get the most beautiful beaches in the world — all at once!! You get smiles from ear to ear, lifelong memories and handfuls of beads. You get parades, costumes, music and fireworks! You get the camaraderie of the community celebrating together. You get a small celebration with a big schedule of events! You get Mardi Gras in Panama City Beach!!
Laissez les bons temps rouler!! (Let the good times roll!)
Schedule of Events
Friday, February 9, 2018
|4:00pm-6:30pm||Float Tours||LC Hilton W/Pier Park Drive|
|4:00pm-6:30pm||Kids Fun Zone/ Festival Village||Celebration Stage|
|5:00pm||Opening Remarks||Pier Park Drive|
|Kids Costume Contest||Celebration Stage|
|5:20pm||Kids Parade||Pier Park Drive|
|5:45pm-6:15pm||Second Line Crawl Parade||Pier Park Drive|
|6:30pm-7:30pm||LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band||Celebration Stage|
Saturday, February 10, 2018
|8:00am||Mardi Gras 5k||Frank Brown Park|
|12:00pm||Kids Fun Zone/ Festival Village||Celebration Stage|
|12:00pm-1:15pm||LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band||Aaron Bessant Park|
|1:30pm-2:45pm||HEADLINER: Aaron Neville||Aaron Bessant Park|
|3:00pm-4:00pm||LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Waylon Thibodeaux “Louisiana Rocking Fiddler”||Celebration Stage|
|4:15pm-5:45pm||Krewe of Dominique Youx Mardi Gras at the Beach Main Parade||Pier Park Drive|
|5:45pm||LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Vince Vance & the Valiants||Celebration Stage|
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