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Panama City Beach – St. Andrews Mardi Gras Royal Dinner January 30, 2013

Panama City Beach – Guests at Best Panama City Beach Condo Rentals at Celadon Beach Resort    www.bestpanamacitybeachcondo.com can have dinner in St Andrews with the…  KING, QUEEN, ROYAL COURT AND FLOAT RIDERS: 6 p.m. at Time Out Lounge, Uncle Ernie’s, Captains’ Table, Shrimp Boat, Hunt’s Oyster Bar and Los Rancheros by the Bay. The King, Queen and Royal Court of the Krewe of St. Andrews visit St. Andrews restaurants in style, for meet-and-greet socials, complete with beads and bling.

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Panama City Beach – St Andrews Mardi Gras Festival

Panama City Beach – Guests at Best Panama City Beach Condo Rentals at Celadon Beach Resort    www.bestpanamacitybeachcondo.com Time for fun!  Spring is on the way.

ST. ANDREWS MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL: MARDI GRAS ON THE BAYOU: Feb. 1-2 in Historic St. Andrews; sponsored by the Krewe of St. Andrews. Two-day festival in Oaks by the Bay Park with food/drink vendors, kid rides, live music and bands performing day and night. Kids Parade and Mardi Gras Pet Parade at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 down Beck Avenue from 15 Street to 11th Street with kids throwing beads, stuffed animals and toys to other kids; Mardi Gras annual Grande Parade with more than 14 Krewes and 20 floats is Feb. 2 starting at Oakland Terrace Park, down 11th to Beck and 15th with beads, doubloons and other treasures. Details: 850-763-6261.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Mardi Gras to Liven Up St. Andrews This Weekend – February 25-26, 2011

Panama City Beach – The Krewe of St. Andrews and the St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership have teamed up this year to bring the festival and parades to Historic St. Andrews.

“There are two different entities putting on this event, and one can’t survive with the other,” said Krewe of St. Andrews member and public relations chair Pam George, who also is the marketing director at Gulf World Marine Park.  George, who has been “on the hunt for a purple dress” for this weekend, is responsible for making sure the parades go smoothly. Festival coordinator Ronnie Barnes of the St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership has been coordinating the entertainment.

“Together we can be so much more powerful,” said Krewe of St. Andrews Queen Patti Fowler.  The Krewe of St. Andrews is a social and fundraising group, raising money for the Krewe of St. Andrews Scholarship and giving to the Boys & Girls Club.  “The Krewe of St. Andrews not only has a good time, but gives back to the community,” Fowler said. “The Krewe has people from all walks of life.”  The Krewe of St. Andrews has about 150 members, who participate in socials year-round.

The parades help bring crowds in, and the festival will keep crowds in the area and help downtown businesses, George said.

“Our guests are looking forward to the festival” said Pam Eyler with Best Panama City Beach Condo Rentals at Celadon Beach Resort www.bestpanamacitybeachcondo.com  “I am looking forward to the music, the Grande Parade and taking some fun pictures to post on our web site,” Eyler said.

 “It’s like New Orleans, always a reason for a party,” George said.

Bill Fowler joins his wife in Krewe royalty as the Krewe of St. Andrews king. Although a queen and king can choose their own attire for Mardi Gras events, the Fowlers chose to wear the feather headdresses and capes belonging to the Krewe.  “We felt it was an honor,” Patti Fowler said.

Bill Fowler began working on the parade floats in October and has been responsible for decorating the floats in this year’s Mardi Gras theme: The French Connection.

The St. Andrews Mardi Gras Pet Parade leads the Kids Parade at 4 p.m. Friday heading south on Beck Avenue from St. Andrews School to the corner of 11th Street. The parade will then travel east on 11th Street to Foster Avenue. Wayne Gentry, of WMBB, is the master of ceremonies.

“People really get into it,” George said. “I know two people who ordered dog costumes from New Orleans.”

The party will continue into the night with the Ragin’ Cajun Cook-off at 7 p.m. at Granite Café. Presented by the Krewe of St. Andrews, proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

The Mardi Gras Annual Grande Parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday featuring more than 20 floats beginning on 11th Street and Flower Avenue, traveling west on 11th Street to Beck Avenue. Kramer & Holly from “That Guy Kramer” will be the masters of ceremonies.

“We are so proud to have the Wounded Warriors,” Patti Fowler said. The Wounded Warriors are this year’s grand marshals, with one person from each branch of service.

The Krewe of St. Andrews will have seven floats in this weekend’s parade, whether it’s rain or shine.  “We roll either way,” George said

Mardi Gras festival

The St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival is from 2-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the streets of Historic St. Andrews. The festival will feature 70 vendors and live music on eight stages.

EastBay will get the music started at 2 p.m. Friday on Stage 1 and then come back for more at 6 p.m. Saturday. The local island rock duo, featuring John Davis on vocals and guitar and David Merriam on percussion, is a regular at the St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers’ Market.

Savannah-based Sunday Project will be on Stage 2 at 2 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday, bringing guitar and folk lyrics for its indie sound. The band features Sidney Holloway on guitar and vocals, Greg Parton on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Johnny Briggs on percussion and Trevor Johnson on bass.

Almost There will perform at 5 p.m. Friday on Stage 1 and 1 p.m. Saturday on Stage 2. High school sophomores James Bell, Mason Downey and Haden Martinez describe their original music as a mix of rock and blues, but they also play a variety of crowd favorites. Downey, who founded the band, is the lead singer and guitarist. He and Bell, drummer, began playing music together at Holy Nativity Episcopal School during a guitar class.

“I’ve been playing with James since I was in second grade,” Downey said.

Downey said they got serious about music in middle school and then recruited Martinez, bassist and vocalist, in 2008.

Bell’s dad, John Bell, heard them practicing one day, and he said, “you’re almost there.” The name stuck.

For this weekend, the band has 24 songs planned, including “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown, “Crossroads” by John Mayer and “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock. They even have produced some originals, such as “Abandoned Apathy” by Downey and “Finally Found My Way” by Martinez.

Following Almost There on Friday will be the Blackout Brass Band at 6 p.m. Started as an experimental project by a group from the 98th Army Silver Wings Band, the Blackout Brass Band brings traditional New Orleans street band instrumentation and incorporates funk rhythms.

Grammy nominee Slim Fatz will go on at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday on Stage 2. The Delta bluesman’s latest offering is a team effort between Slim Fatz and legendary music producer, Neal James, “Everybody Loves Slim.”

Following Slim Fatz on Friday will be Panama City-based Kelly & The Healers with classic blues. Led by singer and lead guitarist Kelly Hundley, who has appeared with artists such B.B. King, Eric Johnson, Jeff Healey and Rick Derringer, the band also features bassist and vocalist Neal Franks and drummer Chris Curry.

The Tony Vegas Group goes on Stage 1 at 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Tony Vegas, an international recording artist, has released three CDs including “Rockin’ the Blues,” “Cajun Ladies” and “Nawlins Renaissance.”

KD and Legacy goes on at 4 p.m. Saturday on Stage 1. Based out of Dothan, Ala., Legacy entertains with Motown, R&B and smooth jazz. The band includes Melvin Burks on keyboards and trumpet, Kenneth Darden “KD” on lead vocals and guitar, Marcus Hart as bassist and musical director, Keith Anderson on drums, James Crawford “JC” on guitar and Leslie Moguel on lead and background vocals.

Emerald County Line, a modern country band, performs at 4 p.m. Saturday on Stage 2. The band features guitarist and founder Tim Parrish, female lead singer Brittnie Sloan, Luke Abbey on lead guitar and harmonica, Caleb Todd on bass guitar and Kenny Brown on drums. Emerald County Line has opened for national acts including Carrie Underwood.

The Bay Stage Avant-Garde, a new community theater organization in Panama City, will be performing mime sketches during the festival.

Panama City Beach – Mardi Gras in St. Andrews February 10-13, 2010

Panama City Beach – There is something for everyone at the 2010 Mardi Gras festival in St. Andrews.  Both or our Celadon Beach Resort condos http://www.bestpanamacitybeachcondo.com are booked that weekend but you will be able to find other condos at Celadon easily.  Call the front desk at 850-236-1965 to book your stay.  Tell them that Jerry and Pam sent you.

Little Miss & Mr. Mardi Gras Contest (Ages 5-10, Applications due Jan. 29th), Mardi Gras Costume Contest (18+), Gumbo and Cajun Cook-offs, Jazz Funeral March & Royal Court Appearances….read more below!

February 10th ~ Mardi Gras Festivities in St. Andrews
5 – 7 PM Panama City Publishing Co. open to display the History of Mardi Gras in St. Andrews complete with pictures, video, memorabilia and costumes.
5:00PM Royal Court Appearance @ Hunt’s Oyster Bar
5:30PM Royal Court Appearance & Charity Gumbo Cook-off begins @ Pappy’s – come and watch teams compete as they create their signature gumbo dishes.
6:00PM New Orleans Dirge (Jazz Funeral March) from Pappy’s to Uncle Ernie’s Restaurant – the public is invited to join in the fun!
6:30PM The Krewe of St. Andrews is proud to announce its 1st Little Miss and Mr. Mardi Gras Contest for children ages 5-10 years old; Download a Little Miss & Mr. Mardi Gras Application Form to enter. Prizes awarded and winners get to ride in Kid’s Parade.
7:15PM Charity Gumbo tasting and voting begins @ Pappy’s Restaurant.

February 11th ~ Mardi Gras Festivities in St. Andrews
5 – 7 PM Panama City Publishing Co. open to display the History of Mardi Gras in St. Andrews complete with pictures, video, memorabilia and costumes.
5:00PM Royal Court Appearance @ The Capt’s Table Restaurant
5:30PM Royal Court Appearance & Charity Cajun Cook-off begins @ the Granite Cafe – come and watch teams compete as they create their signature cajun dishes.
6:00PM New Orleans Dirge (Jazz Funeral March) from the Granite Cafe to the Shrimp Boat Restaurant – the public is invited to join in the fun!
6:30PM The Krewe of St. Andrews is proud to announce its 1st Mardi Gras Costume Contest for adults 18+. Come dressed in your Mardi Gras costumes or attire (purple, green & gold) and participate to win your spot on a Mardi Gras parade float complete with your own beads to throw!
7:15PM Charity Cajun Cook-off tasting and voting begins @ Granite Cafe.

February 12th ~ Kid’s Parade & Mardi Gras Pet Parade; 4:00PM
Kids Parade will be down Beck Avenue from 15th Street to 11th Street, kids throwing to other kids along the route (beads, stuffed animals, toys and more). Adults are asked to stand back and let the younger ones have their chance at some Mardi Gras style fun.

February 13th ~ St. Andrew’s Mardi Gras 5K Run/Walk; 8:00AM
Mardi Gras 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Run starting at Oaks by the Bay Park at 10th Street and Beck Avenue in St. Andrews. $15 early registration for 5K; $10 early registration for 1 Mile. Contact Joe at 763-5005 or 774-0018 or Marty at 265-8439. Information online at Draggin’ Tail Runner.

February 13th ~ Mardi Gras 13th Annual Grande Parade; 1:00PM
There will be over 14 Krewes with more than 20 brightly colored floats Starting at Oakland Terrace Park, down 11th to Beck and Beck to 15th. There will be beads, doubloons, and other unique treasures to catch. This is the Grand Finale parade for Bay County’s Mardi Gras Season. http://www.standrewsmardigras.com/mardigras.html

Let the good times roll!!