The Best of Mardi Gras Has Yet To Come So Let the Good Times Roll
By: Kelly Woodard
Fat Tuesday marks the end of the Mardi Gras season, but you can still get in on the festivities throughout the weekend as the good times roll all over town.
Kick the party off this Saturday, March 1st at the Krewe of Wrecks Champagne Breakfast at Crab's on Pensacola Beach at 10 am. The champagne will flow and the breakfast feast will fill you up for a long day of reveling. During the breakfast, the Krewe of Wrecks will announce their new royal court. After the court has been crowned with a glittering tiara and bejeweled captain's hat, guests will join in on a decades old tradition where the Krewe ties napkins together in a long strand as the official Krewe of Wrecks song is performed.
Tickets are $30 per person and include a Krewe of Wrecks membership. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours now. For more information contact Melanie Waite at email@example.com.
Then head out into the streets at the Sabine Sandbar, Pensacola Beach Blvd, next to the Yacht Club for the Krewe of Wrecks Street Dance, a festive second line style dance to announce the new court to the island. Dress in your most festive Mardi Gras wear and party in the street all while sharing in the bead throwing spirit for onlookers. The fun starts at 1:30 pm and it is free to participate in the event.
Then travel downtown for one of Pensacola’s most beloved Mardi Gras events, the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade this Saturday, March 1st at 2 pm. Set to hit the streets of downtown Pensacola beginning at Spring Street and Garden Street, this parade is fun for the whole family. Crowds can gather among some of the most historic streets to celebrate Mardi Gras with plenty of Moon Pies and beads from over 200 entries. Be sure to tune into BLAB TV for full parade coverage beginning at 2 pm. The parade will continue until around 6 pm.
The parade is free. For more information, visit www.pensacolamardigras.com or call 850-436-7638.
Then on Sunday, March 2nd, the grand event of Mardi Gras on the island, the Krewe of Wrecks Beach Parade, storms the streets beginning at noon. Oversized floats with festive riders will be on hand to toss out some of your favorite Mardi Gras themed goodies. You’ll been grooving in the streets to the sounds of marching bands and local bands.
Mardi Gras on the Island is one of the biggest events on Pensacola Beach and attracts a huge crowd, so parking is limited. The parade is free and family friendly. For additional information contact, Melanie Waite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full list of Mardi Gras fun, visit www.pensacolamardigras.com/events.
American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Brings His Country Charm To The Saenger Theatre
By: Kelly Woodard
Scotty McCreery, the Season 10 “American Idol” winner with the deep country voice, whose platinum-selling debut album made Billboard history, comes to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre this Sunday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm.
After winning the 10th season of the highly acclaimed and massively popular reality TV show and ratings behemoth American Idol, McCreery has risen to country fame. In the months following the end of American Idol, Scotty went on to land a spot in the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
His rendition of his coronation song ‘I Love You This Big’ would place him at number 32 and would go on to become the highest debut single the Billboard chart has ever recorded as it sold more than 170,000 units in its first week alone in stores nationwide and by August of the same year, his winning song would become certified gold. His second single ‘Trouble with the Girls’ would become certified gold mere months after its initial release on radio and digital download via iTunes.
Since his record breaking entry into the music business and charts, McCreery would go on to hit Platinum status after selling more than a million units in the United States alone.
Two studio released albums, three awards and millions of dollars’ worth of singles sold, Scotty McCreery remains living proof to everyone out there with big dreams of stardom that just about anything is possible.
Tickets are on sale now at the Saenger Theatre Box Office located on Intendencia Street between the corners of Palafox and Jefferson Street. Tickets are also available at all TicketMaster outlets, TicketMaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Ticket prices are $55, $39.75, and $29.75 plus applicable service charges.
For more information, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or call 850-595-3880.
Lumberjacks Are Swinging Their Axes For A Shot At the Title
By: Kelly Woodard
Experience the excitement of axe throwing, flannel, burly beards and bluegrass as Pensacola State College Milton Campus celebrates the 26th Annual NW Florida Forestry Conclave & Lumberjack Festival this Saturday, March 1st from 8 am to 4 pm.
Enjoy live bands, nature and wildlife exhibits, firefighting demonstrations, food, and plenty of activities for both children and adults. The day features knife and axe throwing, a log roll, bow sawing, cross cut and pulpwood toss.
Competitors must be 16 or older to compete in the adult division and 13 to 15 to compete in the junior division. There is a $3 participation fee for the first event and $1 per person fee for each additional event. Children, senior citizens and high school students compete for free.
Competitive adult events include Compass & Pacing, Knife Throw, Axe Throw, Cross-Cut Sawing, Standing Chop, and more. Junior competitive events include Knife Throw and Cross-Cut Sawing. Activities for children include softball toss, coloring, face painting, crafts and more. And don’t miss the recreational tree climbing, Andy Cummings' chainsaw sculpting and fire-fighting equipment demonstrations.
Bluegrass music, nature & wildlife exhibits, firefighting equipment demonstrations, food and much more will be on hand throughout the day to keep you and your little lumberjack’s happy.
Along with all of the exciting activities, patrons will have a chance to learn about North West Florida’s delicate eco-system and the environmental programs being offered from both PSC and UWF to protect it.
While the supply lasts, festival-goers also get to select free tree seedlings from a variety of species and receive information from experts on planting and proper care.
Admission to the event is free; however there is a $3 entry fee to compete in any of the featured competitions.
For more information, visit www.psc.edu or call 850-484-4436.