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.
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Take the Plunge Into 2014 With A Polar Bear Dip
By: Kelly Woodard
You partied hard all night on New Year’s Eve. Your head is pounding, and you need some relief. Channel your inner Polar Bear, and hit the icy cold waters of the Gulf of Mexico to wake you up and spring you into 2014.
Located on the Florida/Alabama line, the Flora-Bama’s Annual Polar Bear Dip and Pensacola Beach’s Paradise Bar and Grill’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge will give you an opportunity to show off your wild side this Wednesday January 1st by wading into the water braving the bitter cold and a nagging hangover.
The Flora-Bama’s Polar Bear Dip begins at high noon on January 1st, and swimmers will receive a free traditional New Year’s Day meal complete with good luck Black Eyed Peas and greens. Spectators can also enjoy the meal for a small fee.
Why would anyone swim in January? Polar Bear Dip veteran, Jim Sutton responded, “It’s kind of an initiation. Every crazy local I know has done it at least once.”
After the “Dip” and the meal, there will be various live entertainment on two stages throughout the day and night, ringing in the New Year as only the Flora-Bama can.
Noon too early for you to get moving? Then, head over to Paradise Bar and Grill on Pensacola Beach for the Polar Bear Plunge beginning promptly at 2 pm. The emerald waters of Santa Rosa Sound are filled with those hardy souls who wade, swim and scurry to the finish line. Heaping bowls of black-eyed peas wait to warm them. There is a small entry fee that benefits the Chamber; however there is no charge to cheer on your favorite polar bear.
For more information on either event, visit www.florabama.com or www.visitpensacolabeach.com
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Ring In the New Year At the Pensacola Pelican Drop
By: Kelly Woodard
Whether you’re in New York watching the ball drop or hitting the town with friends, everyone loves New Year’s Eve. Be a part of a Gulf Coast tradition at the Annual Pensacola Pelican Drop this Tuesday, December 31st in Downtown Pensacola.
Hosted by the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB), the streets will be filled with revelers from across the country counting down to 2014 with the Gulf Coast’s most unique New Year’s icon, a giant illuminated pelican.
Throughout the evening, the Pelican, which is 14 feet tall, with a 20-foot wingspan, will be perched above the celebration on a 100-foot platform at the intersection of Palafox and Government Streets. The celebration’s high point will be the giant illuminated pelican descending at the stroke of midnight amidst fireworks and confetti.
DIB Organizers have also expanded the Kids’ area and feature a unique, kids' countdown at 8 pm with copious amounts of confetti, and the incredibly fun and humorous, "bubble stomp."
Mayor Ashton Hayward directed the DIB to run with the program based on its successful promotion and management of other events for the city including the highly touted Gallery Night. “This is a fantastic celebration for the entire family. Kids, Parents, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents can join hands and sing in the New Year with us,” said Terri Kuvach, Special Events Coordinator for DIB. And best of all? All concerts and events are free.”
Festivities begin at 5 pm with three big stages full of live entertainment all night long. Beginning at 5:30 pm on the main stage is Characters on the Go followed by the Bubble Stomp at 7:45 pm and the Raising of the Pelican at 8 pm. Then the music gets cranked up at 8:15 pm with Antoine Knight, a talented sax player and band leader whose classic alto-driven funk and bluesy keyboard harmonies will have you dancing in the streets.
Then at 9:45pm, join Blend & DJ, an a cappela doo-wop group bringing back hits from the 50’s and 60’s with a twist of fun. Then at 10:45 pm join Mojeaux, one of New Orleans’ diverse and energetic party experience consisting of repertoire of R&B, Motown, Oldies, Top 40, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk and disco hits.
Over on the North Stage, the music gets kicked off with Big Jim Brown and the Speed Kings, a band with a raw, gritty sound from which American rock-n-roll was born. Then at 8:50 pm join Dew Pendleton & UR Friends, an energetic band with a unique sound that is crafted by the honesty of country, the soul of gospel, and the sheer fun of rock. At 10:50 pm, Timberhawk takes the stage. A five piece rock/indie/folk outfit, Timberhawk’s songs feature catchy melodies with beefy grooves and ballsy solos, and a vibe that goes back to the 1960s and punches it in the mouth.
The Pelican will descend from his perch at the stroke of midnight, and will be followed by the New Year’s Eve Fireworks display on Palafox Street.
In year’s past, more than 50,000 revelers rang in the new year at the Pelican Drop, and Southern Living Magazine included the event in their December 2010 issue as one of the must see events of the year.
Here are some valuable tips if you are thinking about heading out to the Pelican Drop.
• Street closures will begin the morning of December 31st, and will continue throughout the night. Avoid downtown streets if possible.
• Arrive early for the best view of the Pelican. Some of the best spots fill up by early evening.
• Local bars and restaurants will be open for food and beverages. No coolers will be allowed.
• Be ready for large crowds. Over 25,000 people are expected to be on Palafox Street when the Pelican drops.
• No animals will be allowed unless they are certified service animals.
• Check the weather and dress appropriately. With such large crowds it may be difficult to leave your spot and return if you need to get a sweater from your car.
For more information, visit www.downtownpensacola.com or contact 850-434-5371.