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Mardi Gras and Gumbo Served up in Sandestin

January 25, 2012 by Jennifer Howard

Break out your calendar. The time draws near when it is absolutely anticipated that you will break those New Year’s resolutions. That’s right, Mardi Gras is only about a month away!

This year, a happy confluence of holidays makes Fat Tuesday even more fun.  Mardi Gras (Tuesday, Feb. 21) is the next day after Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 20) this year, which means whoever is in charge of deciding these things loves us! It’s a certified, holiday weekend.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has a full weekend of Mardi Gras parades and celebrations on tap. On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Annual Sandestin Gumbo Cookoff brings The Village at Baytowne Wharf to a boil.

Spend the day sampling the various gumbo recipes, and vote for your favorite as The People’s Choice. Celebrity judges will hold a proper blind-tasting to select the area’s Best Gumbo. A Best Display Award will go to the business or restaurant with the best booth. Live music by Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe will spice things up a bit more, and there will be events for the kids. Tickets are $15 in advance; $25 the day of the event, which runs from noon – 4 p.m.

The Village at Baytowne Wharf is officially going to the dogs on Sunday, February 19, when the Mardi Paws Parade scampers in, with the theme of Cruisin’ Canines: Fetch a Wave. Precious pooches will be arrayed in their surfin’ safari best — sporting sunglasses, swimwear and cool beach togs.  Their Masters are encouraged to pull them in small floats because, after all, every dog has his day. Decorated golf carts, bicycles and wagons are also invited. Parade-goers should be ready to fetch a variety of beads, throws and favors.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Alaqua Animal Refuge.  So please come out to parade and party for a great cause!

The big day — Mardi Gras — arrives on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Sandestin’s Village at Baytowne Wharf with the 10th Annual Baytowne Bash Fat Tuesday Parade. Be ready to yell, “Throw me something, Mister,” as revelers parade by on floats, golf carts and pickup trucks, throwing goodies like Moon Pies, beads and trinkets.

The celebration doesn’t end with the parade. The party goes on into the night with street pefromers, “throws” tossed from balconies, and parties at various Baytowne establishments.
By Wednesday, you might even be ready to revive those virtuous New Years resolutions!

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