You may have noticed that the title of this post is NOT Mardi Gras Parade, rather Mardi Gras at the Beach. Yes, this is intentional. This year’s Mardi Gras celebration on Panama City Beach will be much bigger than last year’s celebration. Instead of a parade and after party, this year the event will span over two days, starting Friday evening and going until midnight Saturday.
Those of you that were at last year’s parade remember the rain threatened day and were probably as skeptic of the turnout as we were. However, the draw of a Mardi Gras party should never be underestimated. The crowds were major intense and in very strong force. Even though there was a light mist through the entire event, it seemed at one point that everyone in Panama City Beach was lining Front Beach Road and Pier Park. We heard on multiple occasions that it was better attended than Panama City’s own Mardi Gras Parade.
Put together by the Krewe of Dominique Youx, this year’s event will kick off Friday evening at 5 pm in the closed streets of Pier Park with a festive street party including live bands and entertainment, Cajun fare, a classic car show, float tours along with beads and doubloons aplenty. The evening will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, Magic Broadcasting’s Island 106 radio personality, “That Guy Kramer”, will be broadcasting live starting at 10:00 a.m. as festivities kick-off with a children’s parade. Following the children’s parade, the Mardi Gras parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. as majestic floats make their way along Front Beach Rd. and march through Pier Park. The street party celebration continues after the parade with live entertainment, regal costumes, masks, beads, trinkets, Cajun and low-country cuisine, and much more!
At this point, we’re not sure what the weather will be like this year, but if last year’s event was any indication on turnout, this year’s event should be huge regardless of weather. The saying from Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come,” seems to be true with these Panama City Beach celebrations. The first New Year’s Eve event at Pier Park was huge, the second was even larger. The first Mardi Gras event at Pier Park was huge, so it would only fit for the second to be larger.
“Laissez les bons temps rouler!”
For more infomation about the Krewe of Dominique Youx and the 2010 Mardi Gras at the beach, visit www.DominiqueYoux.com