Thousands throng to 2013 Destin Mardi Gras Parade (PHOTOS)

Special to The Log
People reach up in the air for flying beads during the 2013 HarborWalk Mardi Gras Parade.

More than 100 parade entries rolled through the spirited village filled with thousands of revelers. One-half million beads, MoonPies and doubloons were thrown from the colorful krewes.

The parade route stretched the new Destin boardwalk along the Destin harbor from AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar to the west end of HarborWalk Village and organizers estimate that more than 10,000 came out for the party.

Steve and Wendy Wilson, owners of the Buccaneer Pirate Ship and Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, were honored as this year's parade King and Queen.

"We are ecstatic with the enthusiastic participation from the local community," said Jamie Hall, marketing director for HarborWalk Village. "Our goal was to secure 100 float participants and to raise much needed funds for Destin Harvest. We exceeded our goal." 

 Overall winners were 1st Place, Mardi Gras Girls; 2nd Place, HighSteppers; and 3rd Place, Destin Nights.

Largest krewe was Resolute Martial Arts, best themed krewe was Mardi Gras Girls, and most spirited krewe was the HighSteppers.

The biggest crowd pleaser award went to Destin Nights.