For pups and partiers: Baytowne's annual Mardi Gras celebration is a thrill for all

Special to The Log
With the 11th annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade right around the corner, let your creative juices flow as you deck out your four-legged friend in the finest shades of Mardi Gras.

It's time to pull out your finest shades of purple, green and gold, as the Village of Baytowne Wharf transforms into Mardi Gras central.

"It's such a fun spectacle," said Lanier Motes, events manager for the Village of Baytowne Wharf. "If you can't go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can always come to Baytowne and have a great time."

As one of the most anticipated events of the year, Baytowne's Mardi Gras celebration is fun for all ages. The Village Brass Band will provide the toe-tapping Mardi Gras soundtrack.

The celebration gets underway at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, with the 11th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade. It's time for fido to take center stage as furry friends of all shapes and sizes stroll through the Village decked out in their finest duds. This year's theme is Pups & Pearls: Walk the Red Carpet. A $5-$10 donation will be collected from participants, which will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge.

So put your imagination to the test as you craft the perfect costume for your four-legged friend.

"We're going to have a red carpet for the dogs to walk on when they walk across the stage," Motes told The Sun.

The good times keep rolling at 5 p.m. March 4 as the 12th Annual Baytowne Bash Fat Tuesday parade.

Free to the public, revelers are encouraged to yell, "Hey mister, throw me some beads" as the parade rolls through Sandestin featuring a variety of decorated floats and golf carts. With a kaleidoscope of colors and floats on display, be sure to bring a bag, as throws, Moon Pies, trinkets, beads and a variety of goodies are tossed to the crowd.

The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, “throws” tossed from balconies on Main Street and parties at various Baytowne establishments.

Baytowne's annual Mardi Gras celebration is fun for all ages, whether you have two legs or four.

"We really try to create a great experience for everyone," Motes said. "We couldn't do this without our homeowners, participants and our guest; they are what makes this a success."