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SoWal Mardi Gras Parades, Parties, Pooches

March 2, 2019 by Teresa Lischka

Mardi Gras festivities kick off this weekend in South Walton and along the Emerald Coast of Florida with parades, live music and parties in some of our beach towns, restaurants and bars. From Stinky's Fish Camp's Mardi Gras Headquarters, Baytowne's Mardi Gras Dog Parade and Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash, to Mardi Gras Masquerade & Fireworks Festival at Destin Commons and outdoor concerts and rooftop parties. Grab your beads and head out to celebrate Mardi Gras at the beach from now til Fat Tuesday. Laissez bon temps rouler!

Stinky's Fish Camp Mardi Gras Headquarters
Come out and celebrate Mardi Gras at Stinky's! Stinky's Fish Camp & Stinky's Bait Shack celebrate Mardi Gras every year with a lineup of live music and good times. Get the music lineup and laissez les bon temps roulez! Dune Allen Beach

Stinky's Bait Shack
Thursday, Feb. 28 Forrest Williams Band 7-10pm
Friday, March 1 TKO'd 7-10pm

Stinky's Fish Camp
Sunday, March 3 The Steeno's Brunch, 11-2pm
Tuesday, March 5 Washboard Jackson's 12 Night Mardi Gras Band 7-10pm

The Village of Baytowne Wharf Parades
Mardi Gras Dog Parade | Sunday, March 3 | 2-4pm
Show off your furry loved ones in the 16th Annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade on Sunday, March 3rd at 2pm. This year's theme is Bone Appetit. Benefiting Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade | Tuesday, March 5 | 5pm
Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the 17th Annual Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade on March 5th at 5pm. Unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets. Dress in your Mardi Gras best, and shower parade goers with a barrage of beads, moon-pies, and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, "throws" tossed from balconies and parties at various village merchants. Participation forms at https://bit.ly/2WwM9DG. Sandestin

Mardi Gras Masquerade @ Destin Commons
Saturday, Mar. 2 | 6pm
Enjoy a family evening full of Mardi Gras fun at the annual Destin Commons Mardi Gars Masquerade on Saturday, March 1. Live entertainment for the whole family from 6-8pm with the parade starting at 7pm. Come watch a non-stop line up of over 30 floats and people on parade throughout the entire property! Treasures, trinkets and beads will be plentiful throughout the Mardi Gras celebration. Kids can create their very own festive Mardi Gras accessories and face painting for the best looking masquerade masks this side of New Orleans. Destin

Fat Tuesday Celebration at Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge
Join Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge for a Fat Tuesday celebration onTuesday, March 5 from 11am - 9pm. New Orleans themed food and beverage will be offered, as well as live entertainment! Complimentary admission, open to the public with food and drinks available for purchase. What a fun way to spend the evening with your favorite beverage, good eats and a beautiful view overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Rosemary Beach

Louis Louis Mardi Gras Party with Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe
Sunday, March 3 | 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe of Louisiana celebrates Mardi Gras at Louis Louis! Throw on your best Mardi Gras outfit and join the party on Sunday, March 3 from 6:30-9:30pm. Dikki Du takes songs from classic zydeco and turns the inside out with fresh and funky renditions driving it to the next level. It's just funky as can be. Most people don't but Dikki Du. Santa Rosa Beach

Panama City Beach Mardi Gras & Music Festival @ Pier Park
March 1 & 2
You're in for a real treat at the annual Panama City Beach Mardi Gras & Music Festival. Festivities include live concerts, Fat Tuesday Street Fair, Kidz Zone, float tours, costume contests, parades, a 5K run, fireworks and more. This free event is kid friendly and open to the public. Come out and enjoy the weekend with some New Orleans flair on the Emerald Coast. See events schedule and live entertainment. Panama City Beach

HarborWalk Village Parades
Mardi Grad Parade | Saturday, March 2 | 2pm
The 11th Annual Mardi Gras Parade takes place at HarborWalk Village on the Destin Harbor on Saturday, March 2 starting at 2pm. Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, beads, street performers and live music. The parade rolls through the Destin Harbor Boardwalk at 2pm followed by the lively cajun/zydeco tunes of Fais Do Do on the main stage.

Fat Tuesday Celebration & Pet Costume Contest | Tuesday, March 5 | 5-8pm
Celebrate Mardi Gras and revel in the fun at HarborWalk Village and enjoy flavorful red beans and rice starting at 5pm. Bring your furry friends to the 3rd Annual Mardi PAWS Costume Contest as local judges award 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place prizes. Contest entry: $10 donation or bag of dry dog food for Alaqua Animal Refuge.


Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe are in town for several Mardi Gras performances including Louis Louis Sunday night

See our calendars for more festivals, events and fun happenings coming to South Walton and along the Emerald Coast of Florida. 
SoWal.com Events Calendar
SoWal.com Music Calendar

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A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

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