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Monday, January 23, 2012

Fort Walton Beach Celebrates Mardi Gras

A little bit of New Orleans is coming to Fort Walton Beach at its very own Mardi Gras 2012 celebrations on Saturday, February 11.  The theme this year is “Carnival”.   
“Mardi Gras on the Island” is an afternoon of family-friendly activities, starting with the Mardi Gras Parade on Okaloosa Island at 11am.
Mardi Gras on the Island has been chosen as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. There will be beads, treats, and even more beads as the colorful floats make their way down Santa Rosa Blvd. Join the parade! Come and watch – or be a part of the action by entering your own Mardi Gras-themed float.  There is plenty of time to register a float – contact the Chamber at 850-244-8191. 
Stick around after the parade and enjoy a festive Block Party sponsored by Helen Back on Amberjack Drive. There will be games for the kids, vendors with exotic items, and food galore.  It’s a family-friendly way to make a day of it.
“Mardi Gras 2012 – Carnival on the Island” is sponsored by the Emerald Coast Tourism Development Council along with the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and its annual sponsors, the City of Fort Walton Beach, Cox, Cumulus Broadcasting, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Helen Back, Image Printing and Digital Services, Northwest Florida Daily News, Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Qantum, ResortQuest, and White-Wilson Medical Center. 
Please note:  There will be no shuttle buses provided for the parade route this year. 
For more information, contact Marcia Bunge at the Fort Walton Beach Chamber, at 244-8191. Parade applications are available on-line at www.fwbchamber.com/mardigras 
For more information about top events in Florida take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Florida