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Panama City Beach Mardi Gras in Pier Park on Friday & Saturday, March 4-5.
“Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!” (Let the good times roll)
This family-friendly festival is a terrific alternative for travelers hoping to experience the culture and celebration of Mardi Gras, while enjoying a seaside vacation at one of the hottest beach destinations around.
The spirited season of carnival takes over Pier Park this weekend, morphing into one of the hottest, local destinations to celebrate the the renowned festivities of Bourbon Street. Panama City Beach’s Pier Park open-air lifestyle comes alive with two days of fabulous floats, masked performers, colorful costumes, a signature parade, street party, and plenty of mouthwatering Low Country cuisine.
Friday, March 4- (5pm)
The streets of Pier Park are closed to vehicular traffic and the second line parade begins as spectators form behind the brass band waving handkerchiefs, parasols or their arms in the air.
Saturday, March 5- (10am)
Festivities kick-off with a kid’s parade winding through the colorful mix of stores and restaurants in Pier Park
Kids can participate in a fun-filled activity center as well as participate in a pirate costume contest, treasure hunt, face painting and mask painting.
The official Mardi Gras parade with King, Queen and Court begins, as majestic floats make their way along the waterfront on Front Beach Road and march through Pier Park. The street party celebration continues after the parade with live entertainment, regal costumes, masks, beads, trinkets, Cajun fare including gumbo and low-country boils, and much more.
The evening culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico.
Both days are open to the public and admission is free.