Largest Area Mardi Gras Parades line up this Weekend

Posted on February 7, 2024 by Romi White

The Krewe of Airship Pirates won the Overall Award during last weekends Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade and on Monday Krewe members participated in a special needs Mardi Gras parade at East Milton Elementary.

The largest area Mardi Gras parade is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, February 10 in downtown Pensacola. The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade, featuring hundreds of entrants, will roll at 2 p.m. and proceed east on Garden Street from Spring Street, turning north onto Palafox Street before making a U-turn and progressing south on S. Palafox St. Locals say this is parade offers the best opportunities to get not only beads but also stuffed animals.

The evening prior, on Friday, February 9, the Krewe of Lafitte’s Illuminated Parade will take place along the same route, starting at 7 p.m., 

Over in Destin the Mardi Gras Parade will take place, starting at 4 p.m. at HarborWalk Village, located at 26 Harbor Drive, Destin. The event will feature live music by Fais Do-Do, starting at 2 pm. Followed by beads, dazzling floats, and street performers as the parade rolls through the Village. On-site parking is $20.

Then on Sunday, February 11, the Krewe of Wrecks Beach Parade will take place on Pensacola Beach, starting at 1 p.m. The parade will roll rain or shine on Via de Luna from Avenida 10 west toward Casino Beach. More info:

Also on Sunday, the Baytowne Mardi Gras Parade will take place, starting at 2 p.m., at 130 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach. Unique, colorful floats, golf carts, and trucks as well as costumed dogs and owners will fill the streets. Marchers will be dressed up in all their Mardi Gras best and shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.

The last area parade of this year’s Mardi Gras season will be The Starfish Project of Northwest Florida’s Special Needs Mardi Gras Parade, starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. February 17 at Navarre High School’s westernmost parking lot.