Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Apalachicola's 2017 Mardi Gras Parade: Journeys to the Moon and Back

This year's theme is "Bark Side of the Moon" so downtown will be swarming with aliens, astronauts, and all kinds of sci-fi and space creatures.

This year's parade is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, at 1:00 p.m., and will be the centerpiece a public party at Riverfront Park with live music, dancing, Cajun food, drinks, arts and craft vendors, and unique entertainment.

Apalachicola's Mardi Gras is unique. This one has gone to the dogs as man’s best friend is the center of this parade that features oyster boats as floats, parading aliens, and a canine king and queen. Sponsored by the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, proceeds benefit the Franklin County Animal Shelter and the Florida Wild Mammal Association.

The parade, led by this year's Grand Marshal, starting at Riverfront Park, winding downtown on Commerce and Water Streets, will be a celebration of bands, beads, drummers, costumed canines, and krewes of colorful characters.

Golf carts are going to be the main transport in the parade but many participants will be walking, pulling wagons, pushing strollers, riding in boats, or coming up with their own unique forms of transportation and everyone is invited to participate.

More information is available on the Krewe's website: To pre-register call Caroline at 850-670-5064 or you may register to be in the parade on the day of the event. Registration for walkers is $5. Golf carts and other vehicles is $25. Dogs, of course, are free.