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FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2018.


Downtown Pensacola will once again host the seventh annual Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. This annual celebration is the traditional Mardi Gras kick-off, which relates to the Twelfth Night of Christmas (the Epiphany). This is the night that we eat King Cake and bind our spirit for a wonderful Mardi Gras season. While the Epiphany is on Saturday, Jan. 6, we have moved Pensacola’s Kick-Off to Jan. 5, and we will officially kick off Mardi Gras that evening.   


The celebration is free and open to everyone. Several large Mardi Gras Krewes will have special participation in the event, bringing their floats and royalty downtown to be part of the celebration. Krewes that wish to participate should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an application to bring their float. Space is limited, and certain rules apply. All media are invited to be part of the lineup, as well. There is no cost for Krewe float participation.


At about 4 p.m. Jan. 5, Palafox Place from Garden Street south to Government Street and Government Street from Palafox Place east to Jefferson Street will close and all cars will be cleared from the streets. Downtown businesses will remain open to entertain and sell their wares.   


Beginning at 5 p.m., all floats will be escorted onto Palafox Place and Government Street, where Krewe members will meet them in costume, eager to show their spirit and pride.


Krewes and attendees will socialize until about 7:30 p.m., when the celebration presentation begins. Father Nick Schumm will bless the floats and krewes along with special guest Bishop William Wack, the new Bishop of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Catholic Diocese. They will be joined by Pensacola’s Town Crier, T. Bubba Bechtol, as well as Pensacola and Escambia County law enforcement leadership and area elected officials. Knights of Columbus royalty and all participating Krewe royalty will be led by the royalty of Krewe of SWAT, this year's King and Queen Priscus, and Pensacola's Second Line marching procession as the Town Crier makes a proclamation and the Father blesses the Krewes and their floats.  


Once the procession blesses every Krewe, it will lead revelers back to Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place (the Old Escambia County Courthouse at the corner of Government Street and Palafox Place) to cut the King Cake and declare the 2018 Pensacola Mardi Gras season officially open. The party will go on until the wee hours.


“Pensacola’s Mardi Gras kicks off with a unique celebration where all of Pensacola’s best Krewes bring their floats downtown, and along with their members and friendly revelers, celebrate the beginning of the Mardi Gras season," said Danny Zimmern, president of Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. "This unique kick off makes Mardi Gras a season that can be celebrated with Krewes and businesses alike, as Pensacola shows off its spirit and enthusiasm.”


At PMGI, we look forward to hearing from you with your VIP reservations. If you have any questions, call Amy or Danny at 850-456-4657, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Thanks, and let Pensacola Mardi Gras begin! Once you have confirmed your participation, we’ll get more information and instructions to you.   


For more information:

•    Call Amy Newman or Danny Zimmern at 850-456-4657.
•    Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
•    Visit

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