Experience Mardi Gras This Summer With Weekly Fat Tuesday Parades in Destin

Mardi Gras mask with beads

Looking for a little taste of New Orleans during your Destin vacation? Head on down to HarborWalk Village any Tuesday this July and August for an awesome Mardi Gras-style parade! With floats, music, and so much more, the weekly Fat Tuesday parade in Destin is the perfect way to spice up your summer.

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What is Fat Tuesday?

Fat Tuesday is traditionally the Carnival celebrations that take place prior to Ash Wednesday. Just before the beginning of Lent, many people around the world like to cut loose with a big party full of music and dancing. The name Fat Tuesday (or in French, “Mardi Gras”) comes from the historical practice of eating of fatty foods to prepare for the ritual fasting during Lent. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is of course the enormous parade in New Orleans.

While Fat Tuesday is usually observed in February or March, Destin has decided that summer is the perfect time for some Mardi Gras fun!

When and Where is the Destin Fat Tuesday Parade?

The Fat Tuesday parades will take place at the HarborWalk Village, located at 10 Harbor Boulevard in Destin, FL 32541. The parades are held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Tuesday night in July and August. Upcoming dates for the celebration are:

  • July 22, 2014
  • July 29, 2014
  • August 5, 2014
  • August 12, 2014
  • August 19, 2014
  • August 26, 2014

The parade is completely free to attend!

What can I expect at the Destin Fat Tuesday Parade?Trumpet players performing at parade

HarborWalk Village will be transformed into “The Big Easy”, complete with spectacular floats and costumes. Be on the look out for people giving away free beads and swag! After the parade, you’ll have the chance to enjoy live musical entertainment from the FuZion Band and the Village Brass Band. There will even be an authentic fire dancing show! HarborWalk Village is full of excellent shops and restaurants, so it’s easy to spend the whole evening indulging in everything the area has to offer.

The Henderson Park Inn is just minutes away from the weekly Fat Tuesday parade in Destin! Voted the most romantic hotel in North America, our Destin bed and breakfast is the perfect place to spend your next romantic getaway. To start planning your dream vacation on the Emerald Coast, visit our Contact page or give us a call at 888-836-1105.

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