Let Your Hair Down at Annual Mardi Gras Events in Destin

mardi gras parade in destin

The annual Mardi Gras parade on the Destin Harbor is only minutes from the quiet sanctuary of the Henderson Park Inn.

Get ready to let your hair down and enjoy the festivities of Mardi Gras in Destin. The 6th annual Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration kicks off February 28 with other Fat Tuesday celebrations continuing through March 4. Henderson Park Inn, the only beachfront bed and breakfast in Destin, is a quiet sanctuary for peace just minutes from the action of Fat Tuesday. We have all the details about the five day celebration from start to finish.

February 28: Mardi Gras Pub Crawl with Destin Nights

Vacationers are invited to wear their favorite Mardi Gras outfits for a pub crawl at the Destin Harbor. Guests can purchase an armband to receive special food and drink discounts. The money raised in armband purchases will support a local charity.

Located at HarborWalk Village, the Pub Crawl will begin at 9:00pm and end at 11:00pm.

March 1: Mardi Gras Parade

Starting at 2:00pm, the annual “Pardi in Paradise” Parade features colorful floats and unique costumes. More than 60 entries will roll, pedal and push down the harbor with parade participants tossing handfuls of beads, and there will be live music on the main stage.

There will be jugglers, stilt walkers and fire spinners to entertain and amaze. The top three parade entries will win awards, so the floats and decoration will be unique and over-the-top for your pleasure. The parade and live entertainment is free and open to the public. This event will run from 2:00pm to 11:00pm at the HarborWalk Village.

March 2: Mardi Gras Dog Parade

For animal lovers, the Dog Parade is a great way to see streets filled with costumed dogs, small floats and decorated wagons. As one of the best canine events on the Emerald Coast, this is a fun way to meet other animal lovers in the area.

March 4: Fat Tuesday Celebration

At 5:00pm, the HarborWalk Village will be offering free red beans and rice, sponsored by Jackacudas Seafood and Sushi. Celebrate Mardi Gras at any of the harbor’s venues, or return to the Henderson Park Inn’s beachfront restaurant, BeachWalk Cafe, for a relaxing and memorable dinner for two.

March 4: Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade

Another event planned for Fat Tuesday is the annual Baytowne Bash Parade. The 8th annual parade features golf carts and unique floats with marchers who shower parade attendees with handfuls of beads and trinkets.

The event continues through the night with street performers and special parties at Baytowne establishments.

beach sunset in destin

After exciting Mardi Gras events, enjoy peaceful sunsets at the relaxing Henderson Park Inn.

Beachfront Hotel Lodging

If you’re planning to attend any of the Mardi Gras events in Destin, Henderson Park Inn invites you and your love to stay in our adults only beachfront hotel. As the number one bed and breakfast in Destin, we provide our guests with a peaceful beach vacation, providing all-inclusive amenities that are not offered anywhere else on the Gulf coast.

Call us today at (866) 398-4432 to find out more about our amenities and begin making reservations for a beachside getaway.

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