Destin residents and visitors will once again trade in their boats for floats, bikinis for beads and seafood for king cake this summer when HarborWalk Village becomes a little Big Easy on Tuesdays.
Celebrating Fat Tuesday every week all summer long, the village is putting a little twist of Florida on the Louisiana tradition. They invite everyone to join the fun, carnival-like atmosphere of Mardi Gras ó or as they call it, Pardi Gras
"The Pardi Gras Parade pre-party starts at 7 p.m. behind the new Coyote Ugly Saloon," said Maggie Woods, marketing and events manager for the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village.
Following the pre-party, the Pardi Gras Parade will roll through the harbor complete with floats, stilt-walkers, live music and much more.
After the parade wraps-up each week, head to the main stage to enjoy HarborWalk's very own brass band, The Village Brass Band. Revelers can also stroll through the village, while enjoying New Orleans inspired food and drink.
As the good times continue to roll on down the harbor for the second consecutive year, a number of floats carrying area groups and businesses will throw out beads, cups, coupons, t-shirts and a variety of other "throws" to the Pardi Gras party crowd.
Businesses that entered floats in last yearís Pardi Gras Parade and are slated to participate in this year's festivities include, among others, AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar and Big Kahuna's.
Not only does Pardi Gras make for a good time, it also doubles as a networking and advertising opportunity.
"This is a unique advertising setting where businesses can throw their information right into the hands of their audience," Woods said.
Tracy McCraw, the director of marketing at AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, told The Log that Pardi Gras was one of his favorite events and he's looking forward to it this year.
"It's really a pleasure doing events like this with the community on the harbor," said McCraw. "It's a great time."
McCraw added that AJ's throws a variety of items from their float, including discounts and promotional cards.
Woods told The Log that a new trolley float has just recently been added to the Pardi Gras lineup. And, because floats can be made from a wide range of vehicles, including cars, golf carts and boats, the floats can be pretty creative.
For Pardi Gras Parade float inquires and information or corporate sponsorships, please call on 337-8100 to reserve your seat.
For more information on Pardi Gras visit www.HarborWalkDestin.com, www.Facebook.com/HarborWalkVillageDestin or call them at 424-0600.