The Village of Baytowne Wharf is your Mardi Gras destination

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is undergoing a Mardi Gras makeover.

“Being from Louisiana, I love this time of year. It’s exciting to see the Village decorated in purple, green and gold, and it really sets the tone for the Carnival season," said Brittany Byrd, events coordinator for the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Mardi Gras is a week-long celebration at Baytowne, so prepare to say "Laissez les bon temps rouler" as you jump, jive and wail down the Village's cobblestone streets.

 Festivities kick off in furry fashion Feb. 10 with the 10th annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade and then continue on Feb. 12 with the 11th annual Baytowne Bash Fat Tuesday Parade. The 24th annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival rounds out the celebration Feb. 16.

As your four-legged friends’ favorite event, the annual dog parade begins at 2 p.m. and will be a barkingly good time for all. This year's theme is Tail-Gates & Touchdowns: Paw-ty in the Endzone.

Whether you are a Seminole, a Gator or a Bulldog, let your dog strut their stuff in your favorite team gear and colors. With music from the Bay City Brass Band serving as the soundtrack, throws, beads and parade favors will be aplenty.

And don't forget to decorate your car, float, golf cart, wagon or bicycle. All proceeds from the parade benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge.

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