The Krewe of Dominique Youx has a long & rich history in Bay County, Florida … stretching back 35+ years. There are lots of Traditions and extended activities we engage in, each of which makes us one of the premiere Mardi Gras Krewe experiences in the Florida Panhandle. We produce 2 extremely fancy balls every year (one in the early Spring, and one in the early Fall).

Mardi Gras Ball (Spring Ball)

The MG ball is a very fancy, formal ball where the guys wear their best Krewe Costume and the ladies wear formal evening gowns (no white dresses though, only the Queen can wear white). During cocktail hour, everyone is masked, and at the completion of which – we start the Royal Ceremony. Our currently serving Court are then retired with much respect. And then with great fan fair, we announce the incoming King & Queen plus their court (usually 6 Pirates & 6 Princesses). After the coronation, photos are taken, first dances are had … then the band cranks up & everyone joins in. A full Breakfast Buffet rounds out the evening.

Dominique Youx Ball (Fall Ball)

The DY Ball is a formal ball where the guys wear Black Tie Tuxedos and ladies wear formal evening gowns.  Happy Hour starts the night off with mingling & mixing.  An elegant dinner is served after the initial Baratarian Cup* presentation ceremony is complete.  Then we have live band entertainment & dancing after dinner.  This black-tie evening celebration is named the Dominique Youx Ball because we present a local, non-member dignitary with the “Baratarian Cup”, a Mardi Gras honor unique to Panama City. 

*NOTE:  The Andrew Jackson Baratarian Cup is awarded to a person, not a Krewe member, that has made outstanding contributions to our community.  As you can see, the list of past winners is a Who’s Who of Bay County community leadership.  The Baratarian Cup is awarded at the Dominique Youx Ball every fall, and this person serves as the Grand Marshall the following year at our Mardi Gras Parade.

Past Winners of the Krewe of Dominique Youx’s BARATARIAN CUP

1988

Gerry Clemons

1989

Tommy Thomas

1990

Holton Harders

1991

Mack Lewis

1992

Larry Danzler

1993

M.G. “Bubber” Nelson

1994

Hy Wakstein

1995

Bob McSpadden

1996

Deck Hull

1997

Barbara Cloud

1998

Jerry Smithwick

1999

Brother SI Mathison

2000

Jimmy & Johnny Patronis

2001

Bill Cramer

2002

Tommy Smith

2003

Larry Bland

2004

Charles Whitehead

2005

Allan Bense

2006

Charles Hilton

2007

Buddy DeFranco

2008

Karen Hanes

2009

Bob Myer

2010

Joe Tannehill

2011

Linda Cope

2012

Richard Jackson

2013

Frank McKeithan

2014

Tom Neubauer

2015

Dr. Curtis Williams

2016

Mike Jones

2017

Jim Coupe

2018

Gayle Oberst

2019

Dan Rowe

2020

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2021

Leon Walters