We may not be the Big Easy, but the Emerald Coast knows how to let the good times roll. Here is some of the Mardi Gras merriment on the horizon.
Mardi Gras Children’s Parade
The Eighth Annual Mardi Gras Children’s Parade and the Krewe of Wee-De-Leeis will be held at noon Feb. 22 in front of Seaside Kids. Visit the store from 12-2 p.m. to make a festive mask. A Mardi Gras Concert with Flow Tribe begins at 2:30 p.m. on Lyceum Lawn.
Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit and join the Destin Nights for an exciting Mardi Gras Pub Crawl on Feb. 28. Purchase an armband for $10 to support a local charity and receive drink and food specials at each stop.
Pardi in Paradise
Floats with riders tossing beads, colorful costumes, street performers and more highlight the Sixth Annual Mardi Gras Parade at 2 p.m. March 1 at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy live music on the Main Stage in the evening. Entry fee for parade of $50 benefits the 33rd Fighter Wing Booster Club.
Mardi Gras Dog Parade
The 11th annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans throwing a myriad of throws, beads, and parade favors at 2 p.m. March 2 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Themed convertibles, small floats (pulled by masters), golf carts, bicycles, and decorated wagons will be everywhere and Mardi Gras music will fill the air. Donation of $5-$10 to participate, with all proceeds to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge. Free to attend.
Celebrate Mardi Gras Day at HarborWalk Village with free red beans and rice at 5 p.m. March 4.
Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash
“Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) with the 12th annual Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade rolling through Sandestin at 5 p.m. March 4 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Yell “throw me something mister” as unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets and marchers dressed up in all their Mardi Gras best shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, “throws” tossed from balconies on Main Street, and parties at various Baytowne establishments.
Be the King of the Kitchen
Chef Chris Mongogna, owner of The Marigny, will teach a class Feb. 24 on Mardi Gras Food at Cuvee Bistro Catering Center in Miramar Beach at 12590 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Suite C. Mongogna is also a native of New Orleans, and McCain said if you love New Orleans food and want to know how to prepare the dishes, you will love his class. The class costs $45 and is from 6 to 8 p.m. Check the website www.kitchenique.com for a schedule of classes and to make reservations. "This class will celebrate Mardi Gras with some of his traditional parade food to take with you to the parade. He will prepare some true New Orleans style fried chicken, jambalaya, and the best King Cake you've ever tasted," said Kitchenique owner Vicki McCain.