Mardi Gras season is here!

As the saying goes, “laissez les bons temps rouler!” Or for those that don’t speak Cajun French, let the good times roll!

It’s Mardi Gras season, and the Navarre Krewe of Jesters are in full swing preparing for this year’s festivities including the Mardi Gras Ball at the Navarre Conference Center Feb. 8 and the 34th annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 15.

The theme of the ball and the parade is “Navarre Beach Life.” What a great theme for a great place, right?

The ball is a formal affair, so if you decide to join the fun be sure to dress to the nines! Guests are encouraged to wear tuxedos and formal dresses for this black-tie event. The event is open to the public and BYOB (or liquor). This is not a masquerade ball or a costume ball, but outfits matching the theme are encouraged.

Tickets are $35 each. They are available in advance or at the door. A table for 10 is $270. Tickets can be purchased by emailing contact@nkoj.org.

The 34th annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade will happen rain or shine along Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. And it’s never been rained on in its entire history! This will be a must attend event for anyone, local or visitor. More than 35,000 people have attended this family friendly event in the past.

The parade starts promptly at 1 p.m., and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff Office will close the bridge around noon or earlier. The krewe has no control over when the bridge closure occurs, and traffic onto the bridge is expected to be heavy. The Krewe of Jesters recommends arriving on the island by 10 a.m.

Those interested in entering a float may apply online at nkoj.org. The parade starts at Indiana Street and Gulf Boulevard, and proceeds east on Gulf Boulevard, ending at the Navarre Beach Causeway.

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