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Mardi Gras weekend arrives in Pensacola

11:30 AM, Feb. 7, 2013
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The Krewe De Los Muertos hands out treats during a previous Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade.
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Thousands of parade goers competed for beads and other Mardi Gras trinkets during a previous Krewe of Wrecks Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Parade. / News Journal file photo

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Milton Mardi Gras Parade

6 p.m. today. The annual Milton Mardi Gras Parade starts at Milton High School and the route includes Stewart Street south from Milton High School, west on Elva Street, ending near the Regions Bank parking lot. The parade line-up starts at 4:30 p.m. Milton High School, 5445 Stewart St., Milton. 626-6246, or visit www.mainstreetmilton.org.

Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade

8 p.m. today. It’s time to “Party Like A Pirate” as the 59th consecutive Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade takes to the streets of downtown Pensacola, kicking off a weekend of Laissez Les Bon Temp Rouler. Line the parade route along Garden and Palafox Streets to catch beads and throws from the lighted Krewe of Lafitte Floats and their costumed band of pirates, who will be leading the way for more than 70 entrants. Downtown Pensacola. Visit www.kreweoflafitte.com.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parades

Today through Tuesday. The Mystical Order of Mirams will kick off the parades in Orange Beach, Ala., at 6:30 p.m. today, parading along Perdido Beach Boulevard starting at Wintzell’s and ending at Highway 161. The weekend continues with the Mystics of Pleasure Parade at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, following along Perdido Beach Boulevard, starting at Wintzell’s and ending at Zeke’s Marina. The Children’s and Pet Parade will go up and down Main Street at the Wharf beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday and is open to all who would like to walk in the parade. The Float Parade at the Wharf will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring floats from the area Mardi Gras Krewes. The Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade is the culmination of Fat Tuesday Parades on the Island. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Wintzell’s and end at the intersection of Perdido Beach Boulevard and Highway 161. Angela Bateman, (251) 981-6629, or visit www.cityoforangebeach.com.

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Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade

10 a.m. line-up; 2 p.m. parade, Saturday. Pensacola’s largets Mardi Gras parade takes to the streets of downtown Pensacola Downtown Pensacola. The parade follows the traditional downtown parade route, heading east on Garden Street from Spring Street, turning north at Palafox Street then turning back south at Wright Street, ending at Main Street. Downtown Pensacola. Visit www.pensacolamardigras.com.

Third annual Pardi Gras

9 p.m. Saturday. Cryptic Productions presents its third annual Pardi Gras featuring DJs, art, dancers, vendors and performances by Monozygotik (Jacksonville) and Satoru (Atlanta) as well as local acts Pensacobra, Mindflo and G-Funk. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. American Legion Post 33, 1401 W. Intendencia St. Shaun Holifield, 324-1505, or visit www.crypticproductions.com.

Perdido Key Mardi Gras Festival

Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Mardi Gras will come to Perdido Key by land and by sea in a Cajun-accented celebration complete with live music, local vendors, Cajun cooking and a fireworks show. Party-goers will begin the festivities with a “Magic of Mardi Gras” boat parade at noon; the best decorated boat wins a $500 prize. A Cajun cook-off, starting at 2 p.m., will be a showdown among talented chefs competing for a $250 judge’s award and $250 for a people’s choice award. Tickets will be available for $1 each to sample the culinary creations. Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Road. 492-4660, or visit www.visitperdido.com/mardi-gras.

GoPensacola.com presents Mardi Gras Mayhem

9 a.m. Sunday. Hit the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front before the Krewe of Wrecks Parade on Pensacola Beach! Krewe du Go, GoPensacola.com and the Hilton are joining forces for a killer preparade party to support Manna Food Pantries. Chow down before the parade with $9 crawfish flats, $5 red beans and rice, $5 burgers and $3 hot dogs. Wash it all down with $4 well drinks and $3 draft beer. Party with Krewe du Go to music from DJ Ramsey Coates of AnyDayDJ.com. Free. Attendees are encouraged to take nonperishable food items for Manna Food Pantries. Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. Julio Diaz, 435-8699, or visit GoPensacola.com.

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Krewe of Wrecks Parade

10 a.m. line-up; 2 p.m. parade. Line the streets and listen to the waves crash on the beach behind you as the parade cruises along Via de Luna. For paraders, the parade will be prejudged as judges will drive by the line-up several times to choose winners in the Best Costumes, Best Theme, Best Use of Color and Most Creative categories. Krewes must be ready for judging by 1 p.m. The grand marshall’s award is independent of the judge’s opinions. Additionally, krewes and audience are reminded that those on floats cannot begin throwing beads and trinkets until the floats pass the barricades, so please do not attempt to watch the parade prior to Avenida 10. Free. Pensacola Beach. 438-1500, or visit www.pensacolabeachchamber.com.

Krewe of Wrecks Red Beans and Rice

11 a.m. Monday. A bowl of red beans and rice is free, but the krewe will charge for beverages. Casino Beach parking lot, Pensacola Beach. Visit www.kreweofwrecks.com.

GoPensacola.com Priscus Procession

4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Join in the popular Fat Tuesday pub crawl and help crown Pensacola’s 2013 king and queen of the Priscus! Priscus beans in support of the various krewes’ campaigns will be on sale until 6 p.m. The king and queen will be crowned at about 6:45 p.m., and will lead the procession from Seville Quarter to Hub Stacey’s and The Fish House Deck Bar. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Visit www.pensacolamardigras.com.

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