Mardi Gras in Destin

Mardi Gras Parades & Celebrations

The entire family is invited to the Destin Mardi Gras kick-off event, scheduled for this Friday night, Feb. 24, at the Destin Commons. A full parade featuring more than 35 floats will roll at 6:00 p.m. Expect plenty of throws and groovy music by Mr. Big & the Rhythm Sisters.

The good times will continue to roll on Saturday, Feb. 25, as HarborWalk Village host a daytime parade at 2:00 p.m. Expect decorated floats & costumes and plenty of Mardi Gras beads and goodies. Live music begins at noon on the main stage.

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

It’s the 9th year for this night of revelry at HarborWalk. Wearing your best green, purple and gold Mardi Gras outfit for a carnival of fun and great drink specials at every stop. Proceeds benefit the local non-profit Food for Thought.

Stops include FishHeads, Margaritaville, Grande Vista Bar & Grill, Jackacudas & Harry T’s, Crab Island Cantina, Jester’s Mardi Gras Daiquiris, and Coyote Ugly.

Mardi Gras Ball

It’s not Mardi Gras without an official ball so Lulu’s of Destin will play host to the inaugural Krewe De Lu Roux’s Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball, also on Saturday, Feb. 25.  Dress in island elegance and enjoy a festive evening with live entertainment bringing funk and Motown classics to the stage with Hotwire. Watch the official coronation of Mardi Gras King and Queen, community leader Cory Fosdyck and food critic/blogger Susan Benton. Tickets are $65 and are available at Lulu’s. If you need to book weekend lodging, check with Southern Vacation Rentals for a condo in Destin, Fl. Remember to ask about Mardi Gras specials!

Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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Calling All Canines: Baytowne Mardi Gras Dog Parade This Sunday

A mere four hours from the Big Easy, Destin is indisputably influenced by the style and culture of New Orleans. On the Emerald Coast, playing hard is a way of life, so when Mardi Gras arrives, we know how to let the good times roll! With great music, food, spirits and all those beads, the only thing that could possibly make the Destin Mardi Gras Celebration any better is sharing the fun with your best friend—man’s best friend that is. During Mardi Gras season (or any season, really), we’re not about to leave our dogs out of the fun. This Sunday, The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts its 14th annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade. This year’s theme is “Canines and Comics,” and doggie-superheroes will unite on decorated floats, wagons, and golf-carts.

Whether guarding the house, barking at their reflection, or rehearsing their plan of exuberant attack for the moment you walk in the door, every canine deserves a reward for his/her unconditional devotion!

Dress your dog like the hero he/she is. Does he dart out the door faster than a speeding bullet?  Do her doggy-senses tingle anytime the impending danger of bath-time is near? Bring your canine’s inner comic-book hero to life!

The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. and will wind its way through the streets of Baytowne Wharf, with live music on the green and daiquiris a-plenty at Fat Tuesday.

If there’s not enough time to find dog-friendly superhero costumes, no problem. You and the pup come enjoy the sights and spoils of the parade. The sounds of Zydeco and the howls of krewe-de-bark will fill the air. Don’t forget a doggie-bag; beads, sweets, and treats will be thrown.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Emerald Coast to Host Emerald Warrior ’17

Growing up in this part of Florida, it’s not unusual to gaze up into the sky and witness military aircraft conducting practice missions as the Emerald Coast is home to several military bases. The area is not only a great place to vacation in Destin, Fl, the water-land terrain is perfect for combat training. If you are visiting anytime between Feb. 27 and March 11, you might see an extra influx as the Air Force Special Operations Command will be conducting Emerald Warrior, a joint military exercise. 

According to the AFSOC, about 1,500 participants, including troops from at least three partner nations, will take part in advanced tactical scenarios, allowing opportunities to train with a wide array of military forces.

The operations will include inserting and removing troops from combat situations, direct assaults, military free fall, live-fire events and aircraft re-fueling. Army, Air Force, and Marines will be participating.

Residents may notice more aircraft overhead than usual during the two-week exercise, and might hear live munitions fire coming from Eglin Air Force Base’s test ranges. Last year, the exercise involved the use of Seahawk and Apache helicopters, AC-130s, a KC-130, F-16s, T-45s and an unmanned MQ-9 Reaper. (Photos from 1st Combat Camera Squadron)

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