Mardi Gras in Destin
Let the good times roll…and bring me king cake! It’s that fun time of year where Mardi Gras is celebrated from New Orleans, all along the Gulf Coast, to here in Destin. Our area features many Mardi Grass activities including a ball, parade, and pub crawl so there’s fun for everyone.
There’s also cake for everyone! Now that the king of New Orleans cooking has opened a restaurant in Destin, we can enjoy the real deal. Emeril’s Coastal Italian restaurant is located at Grand Boulevard, Sandestin, a great area also for shopping in Destin, Fl. On a recent visit, our king cake dessert was even kicked up a notch – it was king cake s’mores featuring homemade toasted marshmallow cream on the side. (Foreground in the photo is the popular dessert – cookies & milk.)
King cakes available at several locations around town: SmallCakes Cupcakery & Creamery (Destin & Shalimar), Black Bear Bread Co. (Grayton), and all Publix and Winn Dixie bakeries.
- Mardi Gras Ball – Krewe De Lu Roux presents the Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball from Thursday, Feb. 8, 7-10 p.m., at LuLuâ€™s in Destin, featuring dinner, dancing, and music by Hotwire. Attire is island elegance. Purchase tickets atÂ www.lulubuffett.com. LuLuâ€™s is at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge, next to Legendary Marina.
- Mardi Gras Masquerade –Â Enjoy a family evening at the Destin Commons Mardi Gras celebration from Friday, Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m.with entertainment by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters. An authentic Mardi Gras street brass band play will also be playing. Kids can create Mardi Gras accessories and masquerade masks. The parade, featuring lots of beads & throws, will begin at 7 p.m. with more than 30 floats.
- Mardi Gras Pub Crawl –Â The Mardi Gras Pub Crawl begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9 at HarborWalk Village and the Destin harbor. Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit and enjoy drink specials at each stop. Cost is $10 benefiting Alaqua Animal Refuge.
- Mardi Gras Parade – 10th annual Mardi Gras Parade at HarborWalk is from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10 with floats, costumes, street performers, live music and beads, beads, and more beads.
Laissez le bon temps rouler!