Pensacola Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras festivities in the Pensacola Bay Area are family friendly, offering the perfect alternative. Celebrating Mardi Gras since 1874, Pensacola hosts numerous parades every year featuring masked characters, fun throws and elaborately decorated floats that sail along area beaches and through our historic downtown. With temperatures typically in the mid-60s, there's plenty of Florida sunshine and warm Southern hospitality to go around.

Parade Dates

  • Wind Creek 12th Night Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration. Jan. 6. Kick off the season of Carnival, eat locally made, traditional king cake and admire floats in this street-party atmosphere. www.pensacolamardigras.com
  • Mardi Gras Boat Parade Flotilla. Jan. 19. Join the Pirates of Lost Treasure at 10:30 a.m. on Perdido Key as the Mardi Gras Flotilla makes its way from Hub Stacey's to the Perdido Key Oyster Bar and back to the Flora-Bama for live music, a best-decorated boat contest and happening after-party. Free admission. (850) 492-4660, www.visitperdido.com
  • Cordova Mall Ball. Jan. 26. This annual bash hosted by the Krewe of Les Petits Enfants (the order of the small children) benefits the kids at Sacred Heart Hospital. Cordova Mall is transformed into a ballroom at this event open to the public. Tickets are $50. (850) 416-4660, www.sacred-heart.org/mallball
  • Mardi Gras Kid and Kritter Krawl. Feb. 2. Bring your children and favorite four-legged friends out to Pensacola Beach for a lively walking parade. Free Admission. (850) 932-1500, www.pensacolabeachchamber.com
  • Mardi Gras Downtown Illuminated Parade. Feb. 8. Starting at 8 p.m., admire the gorgeous lighted floats as they make their way down Palafox Place and through historic downtown Pensacola. Free admission. www.pensacolamardigras.com
  • Pensacola Downtown Grand Parade. Feb. 9. With most of the area’s krewes participating, you won’t want to miss the largest, and most popular, parade in downtown Pensacola beginning at 2 p.m. For even more fun, follow the masked characters down to Seville Quarter for a festive after-party. Free admission. www.pensacolamardigras.com
  • Perdido Key Mardi Gras Festival. Feb. 9. Celebrate the Mardi Gras Season on Perdido Key at this family-friendly festival and cajun cook off. (850) 492-4660, www.visitperdido.com
  • Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Parade. Feb. 10. Starting at 2 p.m., line the streets, dip your toes in the sand and listen to the waves crash on the beach behind you as this parade cruises along Via De Luna Drive on Pensacola Beach. Free admission. (850) 438-1500, www.pensacolabeachchamber.com
  • Pensacola Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration. Feb. 12. Revelers of all ages enjoy the last celebration of the Mardi Gras season before lent begins. www.pensacolamardigras.com