Panama City Beach – St. Andrews Mardi Gras taking applications for 2011 Festivities

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The Best Panama City Beach Condo Rentals Newsletter, that will be emailed January 16, 2011 includes a more detailed article about Mardi Gras in Panama City Beach.  Email if you would like to be added to the Newsletter email list.

Jesters and jugglers, thespians and mimes, and a host of others are being encouraged to submit their applications to the organizers of the 2011 St. Andrew Mardi Gras Festival, which will be Feb. 25-26.

“This is a big transition year for us,” said Festival Coordinator Ronnie Brown. “We are truly transforming this into a family event.”

The Downtown Improvement Board is no longer organizing the festival, instead the St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership and the Krewe of St. Andrews will be running the show.

“Every dollar that is generated goes back into Historic St. Andrews,” Brown said. “This year the stakeholders have taken it back and established businesses will be very involved.”  She added that organizers hope to increase shopping opportunities and to create opportunities for families to learn about the history of Mardi Gras.

Local leaders started the parade in 1997 in the hope that it would help them fight blight and abandonment as businesses moved across the Hathaway Bridge, officials said.

The Partnership has expanded the Mardi Gras Festival to include Bayview Avenue and perpendicular streets.

The 2011 festival will boast a Crafter’s Row, Jester’s Kid Village and the best musical acts the region has to offer, officials wrote in a news release. The Partnership hopes to recruit improv groups, mime troops and thespians to strategically place throughout the festival in additional to local musical acts.  “We want families to experience raw performances, up close and personal, so they can gain an appreciation of the fine talent our area offers,” Barnes, wrote in a news release. “We are excited to expand the Mardi Gras festival to highlight local performing groups and crafters and to make this a quality family event that will keep visitors coming back!” Performers will enjoy exposure to crowds over 50,000, she added.

Applications can be obtained at , by e-mailing or by calling (850) 763-7359.



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