Panama City Beach – Beach’s first Mardi Gras parade Saturday February 14, 2009

Panama City Beach – Mardi Gras celebration.  Next up is the first Krewe of Dominique Mardi Gras parade in Panama City Beach.  The procession down Front Beach Road and into Pier Park is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

The opening of Pier Park turned out to be the opportunity the Krewe of Dominique Youx needed for its own parade.   The krewe is Bay County’s oldest with origins at Bay Point in 1986.  As its celebrations grew over the years, Dominique Youx joined hands with the Krewe of St. Andrews.  Every year, the krewe presents the General Andrew Jackson Baratarian Cup in honor of charitable deeds.  This year, the prize goes to Bob Myers of Panama City Beach, who will lead the krewe’s parade as grand marshal.  King Rob Fernandez and Queen Joyce Muller are the krewe’s reigning royalty.

Dominique Youx saw an opportunity for a Valentine’s Day celebration this year, and the Panama City Beach business community embraced the idea. “Simon Properties (at Pier Park) has been helpful, and the TDC (Tourist Development Council) has been helpful, as well as the Chamber,” he said.  The support system also includes the Krewe of Billy Bowlegs in Fort Walton Beach, he said. “They are 54 years old,” he said, “and the krewe has been at this for many years.”   Organizers of the Springtime Tallahassee festival also contributed expertise and a float.   It will be among at least 40 floats, convertibles and other rolling displays. Anyone who needs more information can call Lienhop at (850) 233-6590 or Edward Leili at (850) 819-8711, e-mail to or see 

The parade will start at 3 p.m. at Gulf World Marine Park, heading west on Front Beach Road into Pier Park and ending at the Grand Theatre. You can expect to see plenty of pirates.

Dominique Youx takes its name from a New Orleans buccaneer who used that pseudonym.  He fought alongside Andrew Jackson’s troops against the British in the Battle of New Orleans, Lienhop said.  “We’re 185 members, and it’s a men-only krewe,” he said. So “we consider ourselves pirates … with the support of our wives.”

Hope to see you there!


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