The Festivals in Northwest Florida February Events Calendar for 2012 is more than Valentine's Day dinners and candy hearts. It's about Mardi Gras parades, gumbo cook-offs, and African American history celebrations.
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Note: All times listed on the Festivals in Northwest Florida February Events Calendar for 2012 are U.S. Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated.
Panama City Mardi Gras Festival
It's Mardi Gras in Panama City! Sponsored by the Krewe of Massalina, this two-day festival includes a Friday night block party, a Saturday afternoon parade, live music, arts and crafts, and fun for the whole family.
22nd Annual Chili Competition
Sample chili until you can't eat any more as contenders vie for bragging rights as the area's best chili cook.
Mardi Gras Parade
Enjoy dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers, and float riders tossing colorful beads! Stay and enjoy live music on the Main Stage after the parade.
15th Annual St Andrews Mardi Gras Parade & Festival
Celebrate Mardi Gras by "Puttin' on the Ritz" with the Krewe of St. Andrews and the SAMGFest. This family-friendly two-day festival is the oldest and largest Mardi Gras celebration in Northwest Florida and includes a Kids Parade & Mardi Gras Pet Parade on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and the Annual Grande Parade at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Over 100 vendors offer cajun and other foods and eight stages fill with live music and entertainment.
Pensacola Black History Arts Festival & Expo
This year's theme is "Images in Black" as the festival kicks off in the Historic Belmont distric in Pensacola. this three-day family-friendly event includes a guest speaker on Friday, Soul Music, Gospel music, food, arts, live performances, a young people's art contest, children's activities, and a chili cook-off.
Mardi Gras on the Island
Let the good times roll at the annual Mardi Gras on the Island Parade. Catch beads and other goodies and have the most fun this side of New Orleans.
Mardi Gras at the Beach!
Join the Krewe of Dominique Youx and celebrate Mardi Gras on the streets Pier Park. There'll be pirates, parades and lots of Mardi Gras beads and colorful costumes, along with entertainment and food vendors. Spend the day Saturday. The Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. and fireworks on the beach at 8:00 p.m. followed by live music.
Pensacola Mardi Gras
One of the country's original Mardi Gras celebration sites, Pensacola hosts several parades over this weekend. The Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade is Pensacola's only illuminated nighttime parade, filled with lots of lighted floats and Mardi Gras fun. The family-friendly Grand Mardi Gras Parade offers traditional bead-tossing, marching bands and colorful costumes and floats.
The 9th Annual African-American History Festival
The 9th Annual African American History Festival, sponsored by the Hillside Coalition Of Laborers for Apalachicola, Inc, celebrates African American history, art, and culture and features a parade, exhibits, music, entertainment, food and inspiration.
14th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off
Take all the Festivals in Northwest Florida February events and toss them into one big pot on the beach and you've got the Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off. Celebrate Mardi Gras and the food that goes with it at this Gumbo Festival with beads, live music, and lots of gumbo and stew. There will also be BBQ and beverages available for purchase as area cooks battle it out to see who makes the best gumbo.
23rd Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival
Live Cajun music, delicious cooking seminars and home-made gumbo soup served by Gulf Coast restaurants and businesses make this one of the top gumbo festivals around. Vote for your favorites in the People's Choice Awards.
Southeast Regional Pig Fest BBQ Cook-off, Music and Arts Festival
BBQ Competition, Arts and Crafts Fair, Music Festival, it's all here at the Southeast Regional Pig Fest. Saturday features BBQ and foot-stomping music. The Florida BBQ Association sanctioned competition offers $8,000 in cash prizes to BBQ Cookoff winners who are then qualified to enter the Jack Daniel World Championship in Lynchburg, Kentucky. Both Days feature an Arts and Crafts marketplace, kids’ zone, great food, and vendors that include Arts and Crafts, country market and food concessions.
Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Street Party
Have the last "hurrah" before Lent in downtown Pensacola. Palafox and Government Streets will host the biggest Mardi Gras Street Party this side of Bourbon Street. South Palafox to Government and from Government to Tarragona will be closed off for the night's festivities!
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