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Carnival Celebration

CARNIVALE KICK-OFF CELEBRATION AND BLESSING OF THE KREWES

Pensacola Florida has designated May 21st through June 5th as Carnivale Season. Mardi Gras events did not happen however, Pensacola will rekindle the Mardi Gras Spirt with a two week special celebration. The 2021 Kick-Off will take place May 21, 2021 at Roger Scott Athletic Complex and will include the traditional Blessing of the Krewes along with a concert style dance party featuring beverages and food.  Tickets to the 2021 Carnivale Kick-Off Celebration are now available for purchase. All tickets previously purchased will be honored. Socially responsible practices and procedures will remain. Tickets are re-priced at $50 for General Admission and $120 for VIP tickets, which will be limited in number. When VIP sells out, there will be NO additional VIP tickets sold. Attendance to the event will be capped at 3,000.

ALL PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED TICKETS WILL BE HONORED.

Pensacola Mardi Gras events did not happen and Pensacola is following other Gulf Coast Communities in re-envisioning a classic celebration of our community, Krewes, and customs.

Pensacola Grand Carnival Parade May 29

The Pensacola Grand Carnival Parade is annually the largest and most extravagant parade in Pensacola. This parade itself, brings the most attention from the public and the highest traffic with attendees and participants numbering in the hundreds of thousands, is the largest gathering of people in Downtown Pensacola during the entire year. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade features most of the Krewes from the area, local organizations and companies and everything from marching bands to Scout groups. Many parade entrants come from out of town as well.

The parade has over 6000 people who participate in the parade, often over 100,000 t the parade. Media coverage is tremendous with the largest parade than we do, but none have any bigger. The parade is broadcast live on local TV and coverage of the parade including radio, TV, print, and social media has a reach of literally millions.

The parade takes place on Palafox and Garden Streets in historic downtown Pensacola. The Parade starts at 2:00pm and continues until around 6:00pm.

The Grand Carnival Parade is by far the the largest event of  of Downtown Pensacola annually, and will prove to be the highlight of the season again this year.

For information, please check https://www.facebook.com/PcolaKickoff or https://pensacolamardigras.com/event/pensacola-mardi-gras-kick-off-celebration/

Hogfest

June 19th, 2021

The 18th Annual HOGFEST date has been RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 19, 2021, and are on sale now!!! All tickets sold for the 2020 event will be honored in 2021.
Use the form on this page to request tickets or for any questions.
If you haven’t been to Pensacola HOGFEST, PUT IT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST AND BUY YOUR TICKET THAT ADMITS 2 ADULTS TODAY!! IF YOU HAVE, congratulations and we are looking forward to seeing you again this year.

The 2021 HogFest ticket ARE NOW ON SALE!!

BUY TICKETS HERE

 

Party tickets ($35) are available at the door. Tickets allow entrance to the party with no chance to win the
​Harley Fatboy raffle.

What is HOGFEST?
Simply put, HOGFEST is a PARTY!
A PARTY that raises piles of money for carefully chosen local charities.
The 2019 event donated over $25,000 to Pathways for Change &
over $20,000 to ECARE.
​(Every Child A Reader)

Where else can you spend $100 and have all of the following included in each ticket that admits

    •  2 adults?!? (hint: you can’t)
    • A chance to win a
    • 2021 Harley Davidson Fatboyvalued at over $20,000!
    • Bottomless beer and wine garden!
    • Tasty food from over 15 local restaurants serving their signature dishes!
    • Live music for your dancing and listening enjoyment!
    • Bid on Live and Silent auctions to win exciting items!
    • 50/50 ticket drawing to win cash!
  • And much more !​   

UNLIMITED PARTY TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

The Great Milltown Duck Race

July 4th, 2021

The Great Milltown Duck Race

Join us in the fun!  Cash prizes are awarded for the winning duck! Duck Races begin every year at the base of the Milton Downtown Bridge on the 4th of July.

Ducks can be adopted at:

Carpenter’s Campers

8450 Pensacola Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32534

Blackwater Bistro

5147 Elmira St, Milton, FL 32570

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

4315 Avalon Blvd

Milton, FL 32583

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FAQ

When is the race?

The Great Milltown Duck Race is held on the 4th of July @ approximately 5:00pm

Where does the race take place?

The race starts at the Hwy. 90 Bridge in downtown Milton on the beautiful Blackwater River. Race can be viewed in its entirety from the shore and boardwalk.

How does it work?

The Racing Ducks are loaded into a front-end loader and dumped in the river from the 90 bridge, once the ducks hit the water, the current helps them make their way into the track that we have set up. The track is in a “V” shape (ropes strung with noodles) that feeds down to a chute.

What does the winner get?

The first racing duck in will net to the proud adopter 1st $1500, 2nd $750 and 3rd $250.

Who are the Blackwater Pyrates?

The Blackwater Pyrates is a community service organization that serves the Bagdad/Milton area the Blackwater River and basins. We do this through river clean up, boater safety and education and maritime historical preservation.  We are Pyrates with a purpose!

Where does the $ go?

The $ raised goes to the Blackwater Pyrates to help us in our above missions.  It is our only fundraiser that helps us do all the things we do for our community throughout the year.

How many ducks race?

Up to 5000… or, currently between 4,000 and 5,000.

How do you know all of the racing ducks will be in the race?

The Blackwater Pyrates conduct an inventory of the racing ducks annually to make sure all ducks are present and any damaged ducks are replaced.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, just provide your name and phone # and we will contact you if you win.

What is the difference in racing ducks and souvenir/token ducks?

Racing ducks are specifically designed to race in the water. They are all numbered and collected at end of race to be stored for next year’s race. The souvenir/token ducks are smaller and are given to anyone that adopts a racing duck. They are usually adorned as some kind of character.

What about corporate sponsorships?

We have different level sponsorships available.

While you cannot adopt ducks on our website, just send us an email and we can come to you.