The launch of the ninth annual Pensacola Mardi Gras events will take place on January 8, 2021 at the Roger Scott Sports Complex – outdoors and in a controlled environment amid the pandemic.
The Good Tuesday celebration is scheduled to be held at the Blue Wahoo Stadium and will also be held with safety precautions and rules in place.
The kick-off event will include cutting the king’s cake in the city and blessing the best Krewes in Pensacola by a royal parade with several elected and government officials, including Father Nick Shum and Pensacola’s Town Crier, T. Bubba Bechtol.
Entertainment will include the New Orleans Show Band, Chee-Weez Band, and New Orleans Ramblers 2nd Line.
Attendance will be limited to the first 3,000 tickets purchased.
Masks will be encouraged, Krewe’s sitting and dancing areas and patrons will be socially distant, there will be temperature checks at the entrance, and all transactions including entry and purchases will be cashless using proprietary RFID technology. RFID wristbands will be mailed to all ticket buyers for individual activation prior to the event.
If tickets remain on the night of the event, sales may be available at the door.
All attendees are required to wear masks, use hand sanitizers and wash stations throughout the event.
Ticket sales were restricted to Krewe members only, however, a limited number of tickets are now available to the public. Kick-off tickets can be purchased at the Pensacola Mardi Gras website.
A group made up of PMGI leadership and City of Pensacola staff is studying and discussing options to have the Grand Mardi Gras Parade take place on Saturday 13 February 2021.
A decision on plans for the final offer is expected on January 5, 2021.
The Krewe of Lafitte Parade in the city center on Friday 12 February 2021 and the Krewe of Wrecks Parade on Pensacola Beach on Sunday February 14, 2021 for this year has been canceled.
“Our community comes together every year for the Mardi Gras, and we all want to be socially responsible, so we’ll do the best of the season with Responsible Events at the end of the book.” Danny Zimmern, president of Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. “Pensacola Mardi Gras will be different in 2021, but the passion of Krewes and our larger community will do their best under the circumstances.