Pensacola Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Guide


Laissez les bon temps rouler!

I am always a little sad when Christmas ends.  We have all this build up and an advent calendar full of activities and then BAM! in two days, it all ends and the tree and festive decorations vanishes a week or two after that. 






Mardi Gras swiftly follows the holly jolly merriment of Christmas, allowing me and mine to vanquish the pity party and prepare for a ….well, a party (or many.)

Mardi Gras is the festive season beginning after Epiphany and ending with Fat Tuesday. It began as a dedicated season of revelry before Lent, which is a season of fasting and penance in preparation for Easter.

Even though many may associate New Orleans or Mobile with the festive celebration (or even argue about who does it better), Pensacola in itself has much revelry of our own. Much of which is family-friendly.

Milton Mardi Gras Krew of Airship Pirates Parade

When: Saturday, February 4th, 4pm

Where: Downtown Milton

Cost: Free

Kids and Kritters Parade

When: Saturday, February 11h, 1:30 – 3pm

Where: Casino Beach Parking Lot, Pensacola Beach

Cost: People are free, pets are $5

Details: Anyone is welcome to walk or bring a mini float, but be in costume and bring your own throws!

Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade

When: Saturday, February 11th, 1pm – 3pm

Where: Navarre Beach

Cost: Free

Mardi Gras parade
Yes, indeed that is an illuminated dragon coming up Palafox!

Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade

When: Friday, February 17th, 7:30pm

Where: Downtown Pensacola

Cost: Free

Details: This is a fun nighttime event for the kids; all the floats are lit up, and a lot of them look like pirate ships!

Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade

When: Saturday, February 18th , 2pm

Where: Downtown Pensacola

Cost: Free

Children’s Masquerade Gala 

When: Saturday, February 18th, 6-9pm

Where: Pensacola Improv Event Center

Cost: $35/person (purchase by emailing [email protected])

All ages welcome. Dance contests and games.

Proceeds benefit the Jack and Jill Foundation

Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade

When: Sunday, February 19th, 2pm

Where: Via de Luna to Gulfside Pavillion

Cost: Free

After the floats have passed and the kids are wiped out, if you begin to wonder what to do with all the beads, please do not fret.  The Arc Gateway will take all bead donations, which they will sell to local krewes for future events. Find out more here.

How do you celebrate Mardi Gras with your family?

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Katie was born in Pensacola and lived there for 36 years with a brief pause in England for two. She now calls Milton home. After earning her degree in English at the University of West Florida, she spent countless sleepless nights deciding between law school or education, but followed her heart and pursued a career teaching high school English and has not looked back since. She and Dan married in 2014, where she was fortunate also to gain a son through marriage. She is now a mom to two big-hearted boys. They spend their free-time enjoying life on the water. Additionally, Katie enjoys trying new recipes and reading all genres-especially cheesy thrillers. She is a wannabe DIYer, who much to her husband’s chagrin houses a sewing machine and Cricut that collect dust while her Pinterest inspiration boards collect numerous amounts of pins for “one day.”


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