Celebrating Mardi Gras at the Beach

It’s almost time for Fat Tuesday- meaning purple, green, and gold will line the streets of Panama City Beach!  Mark your calendars for February 17th and 18th!  The new King and Queen of Panama City Beach’s Mardi Gras,Dominique Youx XXVI Rob Lienhop & his Queen is Cumi Walsingham, were crowed at the recent Mardi Gras Ball.  Below is the schedule for this year and some pictures from last year’s event.

Enjoy the Fat Tuesday celebrations!  To learn more about the Mardi Gras at the Beach, visit them online!

February 17th Events

12:00pm- Festival Village at LC Hilton

12:00pm-10:00pm- Classic Cars at Pier Park Circle

2:oopm-4:00pm- Hot Lava Performance at Pier Park Circle

4:00pm-6:00pm- Heritage Performance at Pier Park Circle

6:00pm- Pet Costume Contest at Pier Park Circle

7:45pm- Float Christening at LC HIlton East

8:00pm-10:00pm- Dr. Muffaletta Band Performance at Pier Park Circle

Schedule for February 18th

11:00am- Children’s Activities and Contest at BookIt.com Park

12:00pm- Festival Village at LC Hilton

1:00pm- Kids Parade at Pier Park Circle

2:30pm- Mardi Gras Parade thru Pier Park

4:00pm-6:00pm- Zydeco Gents Performance at Pier Park Circle

6:00pm-8:00pm- Kevin Jacobs Band Performance at Pier Park Circle

8:00pm- Fireworks at the City Pier

8:20pm-10:00pm- Heartbeat City Performance at Pier Park Circle

 

Some Pictures From Last Year:

 

10th Annual Mask Parade and Gala

Keep your calendar clear for Saturday, April 14th!  The 10th Annual Mask Parade and Gala for Convenant Hospice will be taking place at the Edgewater Beach Resort!  Expect performers, artwork, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing!

Currently they are accepting sponsorships. Remember, sponsorships include recognizing your support of the Hospice in promotional opportunities leading up to the gala.  This includes the Mask Preview Party and the Parade which both occur in the weeks prior to the gala.  The deadline to confirm sponsorship is March 23rd, 2012.  Email Mask.Parade@covenanthospice.org for more information.

Last year’s gala raised over $90,000 for the 900 patients of Covenant Hospice in Panama City and surrounding areas.  These funds enabled them to provide end-of-life palliative care based on need, not someone’s ability to pay.  They also provide services for indigent patients, services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or priviate insurance.

Storytelling Festival Friday Night

Looking for something to do this Friday night? (January 27th, 2012)  Join some of Florida’s top story tellers at Breakers on the Beach!  In the image above, you’ll see the faces of the readers to join the event, as well as where they originate from.

Reservations are recommended, but tickets will be available at the door.  Call 850.234.6060 to make your reservations!  Tickets are $10, including hor d’ouvres and the stories.  Happy Hour will be running from 4:00pm-6:00pm with an open cash bar all evening.  Story telling will begin at 7:00pm.

This evening promises to be heart-warming, full of laughter, and overall entertaining- so enjoy!

 

Infuse: Visual and Performing Arts for Autism

Raising awareness and funds for for the Autism Education Center through an art exhibit and DJ show.  The event will showcase several local artists including student artists from the school, who are donating all or some of the sales to the school.  There will also be a raffle for prizes, each entrant will receive one ticket and additional tickets will be for sale.  The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $3.  (Donations will go directly to the Autism Education Center.)

DJ performances will include DJ Wes Rolan, DJay Markie Mark, DJ Yoya, and Dee Jay Link with more possible performances to be announced. Local Artists Trent Soto, Helen Ezell, Ryan Acevedo, Travis Dutton, The staff at Image Evolution, Vladamir Borissov, Camille Butchikas and many more including students from the AEC.
Infuse will be held January 28th from 7:00pm-10:00pm, with a thank-you after party from 10:00pm-4:00am at the C level Bar and Grill.
Enjoy the arts and help the Autism Education Center!  

Mardi Gras in PCB with the Krewe of Massalina

Want to celebrate Mardi Gras without the crowds of New Orleans?  The Krewe of Massalina is making sure that you celebrate Mardi Gras right, right here in Panama City!  More than 50 vendors will be set up, as well as two stages of N’Orleans style music to fill the air.

Schedule of Events

  • Friday, February 3rd, Block Party 6pm-10pm in McKenzie Park
  • Saturday, February 4th, Mardi Gras Festival 12pm-10pm in McKenzie Park
  • Saturday, February 4th, Mardi Gras Parade 3pm on Harrison Avenue

Giveaways

  • The Toad Lick Festival will be giving away several tickets to the biggest music festival in Dothan, AL.
  • Over $10,000 in “The Great Downtown Giveaway”
  • Assorted gift certificates will also be thrown out during the Mardi Gras Parade

Will you join the Krewe of Massalina to celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras?

Stars and Guitars: A Concert Preview

It’s time!  This Saturday night the concert you have all been waiting for takes the stage!  Stars and Guitars benefitting the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center will feature Andy Griggs, Daryle Singletary, Randy Houser, Josh Gracin, and Ashton Shepherd.

Andy Griggs

Andy is from Louisiana and records on RCA Nashville’s label.

Some of his best known hits are:

  • You Won’t Ever Be Lonely
  • She’s More
  • This I Gotta See

Please visit Andy’s website for more information.

Daryle Singletary

Darlye Singletary is from Georgia and released his first album in 1995.  Click here to visit his website.

Songs you might recognize are:

  • I Let Her Lie
  • Too Much Fun
  • I’d Love To Lay You Down
Randy Houser

Randy Houser is a singer and songwriter from Mississippi.  He has written songs for Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, and Jessie James.

A few songs he has recorded are:

  • Boots On
  • Whistlin’ Dixie
  • Anything Goes
Josh Gracin

Made famous for his appearance on American Idol, Josh Gracin is originally from Michigan.  You can learn more about Josh online.

Some of Josh’s most popular songs are:

  • Nothin’ To Lose
  • Stay With Me/Brass Bed
  • We Weren’t Crazy
Ashton Shepherd

Ashton Shepherd made her way from Alabama to RCA Nashville to release her first album in April 2007.

Some of her best known singles are:

  • Look It Up
  • Takin’ Off This Pain
  • Where Country Grows

 

This is a concert you don’t want to miss!  Tickets are available online for $27.50 downstairs/$20 upstairs.  Enjoy the concert and making a difference for the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center!

Dance for Life: Fundraising for Relay for Life

Cancer touches so many lives in the world today, few people don’t know someone who has been diagnosed.  Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Panama City is doing their part to raise money in the fight against the disease!  On January 28th the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, local celebrities, and professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars will be showcased on the stage of the Martin Theatre in a benefit for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Dance for Life has become an annual fundraiser for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s Relay for Life team.  This year Derrell Day (Talk Radio 101.1), Many (Island 106), Sara Violette (97X and 101.1), and Short Bus (97X) will battle on the dance floor to see who is the best!

All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.  Tickets are available at The Martin Theatre (850.763.8080) and the Fred Astaire Dance Studio (850.873.62.69).